20th December : Our Lady Of Molene

Our Lady Of Molene

Country : France

Year : 1075

The shrine of Our Lady of Molene is in the abbey of the Order of St. Benedict in Langres.  It was founded on the 20th of December, 1075, by St. Robert who was the abbot.

Robert had a deep, childlike devotion to the Mother of God—by reason of a vision his mother saw before Robert was born—and he instilled the same into the hearts of his monks.  Alberic, Robert’s successor, decided that the order be dedicated to Mary.

According to legend, Mary bestowed on Alberic a white mantle; for that reason the monks changed their black habit and wore white.  All their churches were dedicated to the Virgin and each had its Mary altar before which the office of Mary was chanted every Saturday.

The monastery seal pictured the Virgin Mary crowned.