(Feb) 9. Octave of the Purification of Our Lady, established in the Cathedral of Saintes, because it was said that on the night of the Octave, the bells were heard to ring harmoniously
of their own accord. The sacristans having hastened to the church, beheld a number of strange men with tapers in their hands, singing hymns of honour to the Virgin, venerated in that church under the title of Our Lady of Miracles, and, entering softly, they
begged the nearest of the angust band to give them his taper, in proof of the prodigy. This taper is religiously preserved in that church. (Sausseyus Martyr. Gall , die 9.)
Image (click it to enlarge): Statue of Angel Holding Candle
The former French diocese of Saintes existed from the 6th century until the period of the French Revolution. The oldest bishop to whom a date can be assigned is Bishop Peter, who took part in the Council of Orleans (511 A.D.). Several councils were held at Saintes.
Picture of a
late 18th - early 19th c. Drawing of the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Saintes
Feb 2 Feast of The Purification of Our Lady (Candlemas)
The Holy Face Devotion of Sr. Marie de Saint-Pierre:
(Last Plea From Heaven to "Eldest Daughter of the
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.