8th April : Our Lady Of The Valley

Our Lady Of The Valley

Country : Italy (Sicily)

Year : 1040

The Sicilian shrine to Our Lady of the Valley, or of the Green Valley, is said to have originated about the year 1040, when a bandit, who operated around Mount Etna, was converted by a vision of Our Lady, who appeared to him in an earthquake (Etna is a volcano).  The robber turned hermit, and built a chapel at a spot in a green valley to which he was directed by a flight of cranes; it was provided, so the story goes, miraculously with a picture of Our Lady in the form of a Byzantine icon, which is still venerated.

A feast of St. Mary of the Valley is kept throughout three dioceses of Sicily.

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