Rare 17th c. Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the B.V.M. (Daily Posted in 2021)

Feb 9 Octave of the Purification of Our Lady

(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.


Related Links: 

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 Church")


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.

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The TCW Staff | Reply 09.02.2021 19:03

Feb 9th: Octave of the Purification of Our Lady, established in the Cathedral of Saintes - miraculous visitation of angels occurred within the Cathedral.

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