(Jan) 15. Our Lady of the Porch, in Rome, where may be seen an image said to have been brought from heaven by an angel to the blessed Galla, widow of the Consul Symmachus.
(Ex monument. S. Mariæ in Portic.)
Image (click it to enlarge):
The sacred image [icon] of Our Lady, brought by an angel to Blessed Galla in 524 A.D., which is housed in one of the most famous Churches in Rome, the Santa
Maria in Portico.
Through the ministry of an angel, the icon miraculously appeared in 524 to the blessed Galla, a Roman woman
who was assisting Catholics that were stricken with the plague. An oratory or church was founded at the site, c. 525, under the papacy of John I. The structure was created to house this sacred icon of
the Virgin Mary. The icon of the Madonna is small, about 9 inches high, and is of silver-gilt and champlevé enamel.
The heavenly image of Our Lady of the Porch has been carried in processions since 590. It stopped the plague in Rome in 524
and protected the The Eternal City from a deadly earthquake in 1703.
Stunning Painted Dome Ceiling of Santa Maria in Portico
Overview of 17th c. Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the B.V.M.
Source: "Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the Blessed Virgin, With the Foundations and Churches Dedicated to Her", from Abbé Orsini's work, "Life of the Blessed
Virgin Mary, Mother of God", Imprimatur 1858 A.D.