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Madonna della Misericordia (Our Lady of Mercy), Croce di Savenone, Pezzaze, Bovegno, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy

Commemorated on May 22
Madonna della Misericordia (Our Lady of Mercy), Croce di Savenone, Pezzaze, Bovegno, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy
In 1527 a poor young woman found some silver coins and a week later he was asking the Virgin appeared 3 days of fasting people and build a church for his special intercession with Jesus ...
Thank you very much and healings were done from there, which is largely documented. The sanctuary was completed six years later.
Bovegno is a commune in the province of Brescia in Lombardy. It is located in the valley called Trompia (Valtrompia).
At 750 meters above sea level, in the resort Cross Savenone, territory of the Municipality of Pezzaze, but under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of the former parish of San Giorgio di Bovegno, on May 22, 1527 appeared the Blessed Virgin Mary Amadini young Mary, orphan of father and mother, 22 , "normal body and mind", as he wrote from Brescia on 18 June of that year Graziadio Collio, city Bresciano, Vincenzo Guidoto ducal secretary informing him the "awesome actions which occurred," including the visible manifestation of "Our Lady dressed in white monastic habit" extraordinary "gravity and beauty and splendor far", which claimed to be "Mary" and then disappear "made that place an incredible fragrance. "
With permission of the diocesan ordinary, Bishop Paolo Zane, was "initiated" a church on the spot where Mary placed her "holy feet", enriched with donations and alms and all wonderful thanks, so much so that on 18 June 1527 more than two thousand ducats were collected and grew daily offering, devotion, and people spontaneously came to work in the mountains, (...).
It is narrated that on 14 or 15 May 1527 Mary Amadini a 22 year old from a poor family, without knowing more what to do to feed his family and in particular, to alleviate the suffering of the sick brother came home early to go to collect firewood to be brought to the bakery hoping to get in return some bread. The young woman, very devout, lived in poverty with two younger brothers, who tended lovingly, especially Andrea, twelve, ill with a serious disease that covered his body loathsome sores.
While in the forest collecting wood cut at the base of the trunks moving earth, pure silver coins discovered. First was afraid, but inspired by the Lord, I began to collect coins and fill the apron, and with that precious cargo entered the village showing it to everyone.
Many were there with shovels and picks, hoping to find more treasure, but found nothing, which proves the uniqueness of the event. But this was only the beginning of an even more sensational fact.
On May 22, eight days after the discovery of coins, Mary Amadini, left was to pray the Rosary and thank the Virgin for fortune, and while he was absorbed in prayer, feels a voice calling his name. She looks around but sees no one. Afraid to retrace his steps, when the voice is felt again. Increases his fear, but the voice calls again firmly until it finally responds with a typical Bresciano "good."
While his eyes upward, eager and curious, one lady appears with a robe and with a kind of monk's habit, so solemn and serious aspect and in such splendor and beauty loses her breath and begins to mourn. After this solemn appearance Mrs. addresses Mary sweetly and says:
"You have answered, you get good and well received. He knows I'm the Virgin Mary which are so devout, you persevere in doing good as we've done so far, because that's why you'll be saved. Know that the first of the month of May, my son had made a scourge on earth as it had not been and kneeling at his feet, imploring his grace begged remission of that punishment. This will have to make it known to all, saying that for three Saturdays to fast on bread and water and do penance for their sins for my child decides not another punishment again. Doing all this has nothing to fear from any punishment. "
This is the most likely story of the apparition. It is said that to prove the veracity of the apparition, Our Lady had told Mary who passed his hand on his chest and showed his leprosy would be cured.
Furthermore, concerning the church to be built there, "all patients who contributed to the construction will be healed."
Such was the impression of the people that after a few days decided to build the Shrine entrusted to Agostino Castelli.
There were many events: the presence of faithful and continuous pilgrimages, the granting of indulgences in 1533, authorization to construct a shelter for the needs of the pilgrims, the concession granted July 8 of the same year 1527 for the use of a temporary altar to the celebrations before the construction of the church.
At Our Lady of Mercy numerous miracles and healings were attributed, as evidenced various documents on record in the parish church of Bovegno takes from the middle of 1500, and also the numerous votive offerings hung on the walls and currently remain in windows placed at the entrance and in the sacristy.
Thanks and favors Virgin Bovegno citizens were documented.
He immediately began construction of the magnificent Renaissance building, attributed to Agostino da Castello, Bresciano architect who also did the project the sanctuary of the Madonna della Stella in San Vigilio di Concesio.
Because many people came from everywhere to give offerings or lend your work from the first site, which was completed in 1533, the celebrations were originally at a temporary altar.
The building is set to a pattern of segmented Greek cross with central dome and barrel vault.
The facade was rebuilt between 1768 and 1787 by the architect Matteo Gatta, makes it impossible to imagine the complexity of the Interior (as it is hidden by a triangular pediment) of the dome
There are many works that enrich the inner sanctum. Important paintings of the '500, '600 and '700 (Richini Francesco Tommaso Bona, Giugno Francesco, Giovanni Antonio Italiani, Stefano Geroldi), the altarpiece was painted by Antonio Gandino in 1610, but especially highlights a beautiful job sacristy carved wood in the early '700.
Outside in the main facade is a large sculpture of the seventeenth century Madonna della Misericordia (sculptor Antonio Carra Lugano il Vecchio, located in 1617).
The bell tower, completed in 1582, complete with a beautiful baroque onion dome, covered with sheets of copper and recently restored.
Coeval or slightly later time of the sacred structure is probably the body adjacent to the temple.
The porch on the side of the church dates back to the nineteenth century.
Next to the school was a sanctuary or fellowship especially active, which contained offerings, honoring the holidays, and meet Christian charities and assistance, helping to keep alive the devotion to Mary.
You get to the sanctuary by a street dotted with tables, some are dedicated to the Virgin, others evoke the miraculous appearance.
The sacred path can continue along a dirt road directly to the small church of Eto Lavone dedicated to St. Nicholas, where the Madonna della Misericordia (formerly invoked against the plague) is depicted in a Renaissance fresco, which protects the mantle to the faithful.




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