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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

The spot chosen by Our Lady



* March 1 – Our Lady of Machaby (Italy, 1800) – 12th apparition of Lourdes (France, 1858) ----- A Moment with Mary --

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March 1 – Our Lady of Machaby (Italy, 1800) – 12th apparition of Lourdes (France, 1858)

The spot chosen by Our Lady


The Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows is located in Machaby, in the Aosta Valley, Italy. It is one of the most important shrines in the region.

According to tradition, a wooden statue of the Madonna was originally found there. The shepherds who noticed it lying by a bush immediately carried it to the oratory of the hamlet upstream, but the next day the statue was found again near the same bush. So the locals decided to build a shrine on that spot.

The shrine dates back to 1503, but has been enlarged since. The walls inside are lined with ex-votos, mostly crutches. The feast of Our Lady of the Snows is celebrated every year on August 5th.

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