29th December : Our Lady Of Spire

Our Lady Of Spire

Country : Germany

Year : 1146

The shrine of Our Lady of Spire is in Germany.  St. Bernard, entering this church on the 29th of December, 1146, was honorably received by the monks, who conducted him to the choir singing the “Salve Regina.”  At the close of the antiphon, St. Bernard saluted the image of the Blessed Virgin in these terms, “O clemens, O pia, O dulcis Virgo Maria”; and it is said she answered, “Salve Bernard.”

The words of St. Bernard to the image of Mary are seen engraved in a circle on the pavement of the church, on the same spot where he pronounced them, and they have since been added to the Salve Regina which was composed in the year 1040, by Herman, surnamed Contractus, a Benedictine monk.