July 12: Our Lady of Lure, Avignon, France 1110
Sometime at the beginning of the 6th century, a priest from Orleans, France, named Father Donat, in search of solitude, made his way into the Alps. The mountain of Lure seemed to be the kind of place he was looking for; and with the approval of the Bishop of Sisteron, he settled there.
On the side of the mountain he built an oratory for which he himself made the statue of Our Lady, carving it from native stone. When after 32 years he died, having spent these years in penance and apostolic work, he was replaced by the Benedictines of Val-Benoit.
A chapel was built to replace the oratory which proved too small to accommodate the many pilgrims. When the Saracens invaded Provence the religious had to flee and so they hid the statue. Barbarians ravaged the country several times and the convent was destroyed.
About 1110 the countess Adelaide to whom the land of Lure belonged, gave the place of the original oratory to the Bishop of Sisteron. Several nobles aided in the work of restoring the monastery of Our Lady of Lure. The ancient statue was found and placed above the tomb of Saint Donat. The church became well known and pilgrimages were well attended. In 1318, Pope Jean XXII attached the shrine to Our Lady of Lure to the metropolitan area or see of Avignon. In 1481, Sixtus IV called back to Avignon the 12 canons at the shrine, and the church, badly cared for, fell to pieces in 1557.
For 80 years the place remained desolate. One day a shepherd, who was resting near the ruins, heard a voice saying, “Oh, how many graces I would give to men in this place, if my sanctuary were rebuilt.”
The ecclesiastics to whom he told his story took the shepherd seriously. The shrine was rebuilt, and the statue rescued from the debris, was placed on a new altar which was consecrated in 1637. Pilgrimages again flourished. During the French Revolution the chapel was pillaged and the statue mutilated.
With the return of peace, pilgrims again came. On a number of occasions, Mary granted the miracle of an abundant rain to pilgrims that had come to seek this favor. The largest number of pilgrims were wont to come on Pentecost, the feast of the Assumption, and the Nativity of Our Lord.
*from The Woman in Orbit
Photo by Marianne Casamance - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=35123895
Do you have a great story? Have You Visited This Shrine? Share it!
Pelayo's resistance initiated the nearly 800-year-long Reconquista to take back his country from the ruthless invader who had conquered his homeland and sought to erase his culture and his faith. His actions would lay the foundations of a Kingdom for Christ that would eventually reach around the world and spread the Catholic faith to millions of souls. Read more...
Please help us continue to bring high quality books to our readers at the lowest possible price! Click the link below! Thank you!
Now Available!Catholic Vitality Publications presents . . .
Brand new by
Now in paperback!
Battles - Honor - Miracles! This
book is filled with amazing stories of little-known Catholic heroes presenting
spectacles of bravery and valor never exceeded in all the annals of history. read more. . .
Now Available for $18.95
Roman Catholic books currently published by Catholic Vitality Publications:
-the amazing true story of the life of Rodrigo Diaz, El Cid!
Available for only $16.95
- King St. Fernando III, born 100
years to the month after the death of
the Cid. His life was filled with miracles
and many conquests!
Available now for $26.95
Discounts available for bulk
orders and for bookstore
retail sales! Just contact us