(Feb) 17. Our Lady of Constantinople, formerly the Jewish Synagogue, which was converted into a Christian Church by the Emperor Justin the Younger, A.D. 566. (Locrius.)
Image (click it to enlarge): Our Lady of Constantinople
Interestingly, devotion to Our Lady of Constantinople has traditionally been very widespread in various Italian locations. It dates back to the city of
Constantinople, the ancient capital of the Eastern Roman Empire - which had there, three Marian basilicas.
The venerated icon of Our Lady of Constantinople was brought to safety across the
sea (hidden in a chest, by two monks) to Rome, from Constantinople - as the Byzantine city was besieged - and eventually conquered by the Turks.
When the advance of the Turks reached
the West, many of the the faithful (starting from southern Italy, especially in the city of Naples) entrusted themselves to the protection of La Madonna di Costantinopoli (Our Lady of Constantinople) - who mightily protected
them from the barbarous infidels.
Let us invoke Our Lady of Constantinople, to protect our lands, from the heathen
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.