29th May : Our Lady of Ardents

Our Lady of Ardents

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Year : 1095

In the year 1095, it is held that Our Lady brought to the cathedral at Arras on the feast of Our Lady of Ardents, a wax candle.  It is still kept there to the present day, miraculously preserved.  The story goes thus.

The old man peered up at the statue of the Madonna of Arras.  The niche seemed to be empty or was his vision just blurred?  Then he thought back to the days at Ardents.  He loved that Madonna too.  After he had lit a candle to her, she had helped him come here where living for him was more comfortable.

He looked up again.  Why, there was the Virgin holding one of the Ardents candles and smiling at him.

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