Notre-Dame de Valfleury
Valfleury, France (800)

Commemorated on November 6
Notre-Dame de Valfleury The title traces its origins to the image of the Black Madonna at Valfleury (Loire), France, near St. Etienne and St. Chamond south of Lyons, and is venerated annually on November 6. She is also known as La Vierge au Genet la Vielle Dame d’Or; and La Vieille Dame.


The original statue, in wood, dates to Christmas 800 when the image was found in a broom bush. Pilgrimages began as early as the eighth century, almost ceased entirely during the years of the plagues that struck the region, and resumed in earnest again in 1629. The Midi-Pyrénées region in southern France and is commemorated annually on August 15 th and the eighth of September. The shrine of this title dedicated to Our Lady is a church partially underground that had appeared in the written record by the end of the tenth century. Entrance to the church is at the base of a massive rock formation on top of which stands the Romanesque tower of the 12th century and steeple. Among the unique features of the church are 22 steps cut from the rock inside the entrance. A number of frescoes depict event in Christ’s life. The miraculous healing of a child on a pilgrimage was reported to have occurred as having occurred in the chapel in 1842. In 1854, Pope Pius IX granted the pilgrimage of Vals a plenary indulgence.

There was an ancient chapel dedicated to the Virgin which flowed a healing source. Our Lady of Valfleury was found, on Christmas Eve, shortly before the year 800. A shepherd saw a broom blossoms in the middle of a snow field. Having dismissed the branches, he found the statue of the Virgin seated, holding her child on her lap. The priest carried into the church, and the next day she was found in a bush ... which will be erected a chapel.
Benedictine monks established a priory there and called the place "valley flowers"
In 1625, the Congregation of Saint Vincent de Paul succeeded them. They establish a mission house and took care of the pilgrimage church erected in 1809.

Again just a Christian symbol bind to the rock, the ancient source, as if the ancient places of worship could not be separated from the new. The same forces of the earth and the sky give special places in succession over time. Many spontaneous healings and miracles listed in the last centuries demonstrate the importance of Valfleury.


 Presbytere de Valfleury

Presbytere de Valfleury (Valfleury, France)

The village is located on a ledge Valley Gier at the end of the Monts du Lyonnais . Saint-Étienne is 16 km from  Lyon. There was an ancient chapel dedicated to the Vir...

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