(Feb) 3. Our Lady of Seidaneida, near Damascus. From this image, painted on wood, there flowed an oil which was never exhausted, no matter what quantity was taken. The virtue of
this oil was so great that it cured even the infidels themselves. (Arnold, abbas Lubec. apud Baron. ad ann. 870, et apud Spondan ad ann. 1203.)
Image (click it to enlarge): Detail from "Saint Luke Displaying a Painting of the Virgin" by Guercino, 1653.
Note: In 547 A.D., a famous Catholic monastery was built in Syria by the Byzantine emperor Justinian I, following two visions
he received of Our Lady. One indicated the intended site of the church, while the other outlined its design. Justinian dedicated the finished
project on the Feast of the Nativity of Mary [Sept 8]. The monastery houses the miraculous image [icon] of Our Lady of Saideneida, which was painted by St. Luke.
It was brought to the monastery in Syria [17 miles from Damascus, where it still *remains] in the year 870
A.D., from Jerusalem.
*The holy Catholic monastery
was stolen by the schismatic Greek [NON}orthodox - hundreds of years ago. Let us fervently pray to Our Lady of Seidaneida, that this sacred icon of Her, will be rescued from the wicked hands that are criminally
holding it hostage... (i.e., restored to its rightful owner), the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church!
Related Link: 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.