MARY, OUR MOTHER

Sunday, November 08, 2015

One of the oldest Marian pilgrimages in France

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association

November 8 – Our Lady of the Pond (France, 1531) – Blessed Elisabeth of the Trinity

One of the oldest Marian pilgrimages in France

The church of Our Lady of Marillais, on the outskirts of Saint-Florent-le-Vieil (France) is a popular, long-time pilgrimage site, a highly spiritual place, and one of the oldest Marian shrines in the country.

This region along the Loire River was evangelized by Saint Maurille (d.453), one of Saint Martin’s followers. During one of Maurille’s visits to Saint-Florent-le-Vieil in 430, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him and asked, on behalf of her Son, that her birth be celebrated there on September 8th.

Our Lady’s apparition was the prelude to the decision made the following year by the Council of Ephesus (431), under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to recognize that the Virgin Mary was also the Mother of God.

Thus the feast of the Nativity of Mary emanated from a direct request from heaven. As for the pilgrimage of Our Lady of Marillais, it is one of the oldest Marian pilgrimages in France.

The Mary of Nazareth Team