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

Feb 18 Our Lady of Laon Founded by St. Remi c. 500 A.D.

(Feb) 18. Our Lady of Laon, erected into a cathedral and founded by St. Remi, Archbishop of Rheims, about the year 500; this prelate also consecrated St. Geneband, his nephew, its first bishop. Miracles were often wrought there, and, amongst others, we read that in 1395 there was seen on the spire, a crucifix, whose stigmata shed blood. (Thomas Walsingham, Hist. Ang. in Richardo I. rege.)

 

Image (click it to enlarge): Doors of The Cathedral of Our Lady of Laon, in France. 

 

In Laon, placed on a ridge and overlooking the flat Picardy plain, St. Remi founded a bishopric in 487 A.D. Laon was a very important place in the kingdom of the Franks. A Carolingian cathedral, consecrated in 800 in the presence of Charlemagne, existed here. This cathedral was burned severely by a mob of citizens, during an uprising on April, 25 1112 A.D.

 

The cathedral got repaired but it was eventually decided to use its foundation [to 're-build'] for an even greater cathedral. The construction began about 1160 A.D. and was completed in the 1200's [the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Laon] - which is still extant today.
 

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.

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The TCW Staff | Reply 20.02.2021 08:51

Miracles were often wrought at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Laon. In1395 there was seen on the spire, a crucifix, whose stigmata shed blood.

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