Friday, July 22, 2005

Miracle of the snowfall

From the Vatican Information Service:

The Basilica of St. Mary Major will hold its traditional triduum from August 1 to 3 and two days of celebration on August 4 and 5, in commemoration of the miracle of the snowfall that occurred during the night of August 4-5 in the year 358 on the site where the basilica now stands.

According to tradition, the Virgin Mary appeared in a dream to two faithful Roman Christians, the patrician John and his wife, as well as to Pope Liberius (352-366), asking that a church be built in her honor on the site where snow would fall on the night of August 4-5. Pope Liberius traced the outlines of the church in the snow and the first basilica was built on that site. It was completed about a century later by Pope Sixtus III (432-440), after the Council of Ephesus in 431 during which Mary was declared to be the Mother of God.

1 comment:

Sr. Bernadette Reis said...

Hey, Sr. Lorraine,
I'm going to be going to Second Vespers and Papal Mass with the traditional "snow fall" of rose petals. Will post on my blog!

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