Madonna of Ireland 1697

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  1. garabandal

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    Mary of the Day: March 17, 1697 – OUR LADY OF IRELAND in the Cathedral of Győr (Gyer) (Hungary)
    Fr. John Francesco Maria Lim

    During the difficult times of the persecution of Oliver Cromwell in Ireland, one of the bishops forced to leave Ireland was Dr. Lynch, Bishop of Clonfert. He travelled about Europe and finally came to Hungary in 1654. He was kindly received by John Pusky, Bishop of Gyer, and eventually became auxiliary bishop of the diocese.

    Ten years later Bishop Lynch planned to return to his native land. Almighty God prevented this; during his dying hours he gave to the Bishop of Gyer his only material treasure—the picture of the Madonna of Ireland. Soon after, as a memory of the Irish Bishop, the picture of Our Lady was hung on the wall of the Cathedral at Gyer. Years passed. On the feast of St. Patrick (March 17, 1697), while large numbers of the faithful were present in the Cathedral, an awe-inspiring event took place. From the eyes of the Blessed Virgin in the picture, bloody tears rolled from 6 am to 9 am (3 Hours). Drops of blood fell onto the pictures of the Infant
    Jesus. As the bleeding continued for three hours, linen towels, which are still retained under glass, at her shrine, were used to wipe the blood from the blood-perspiring face. The bloody spot, though scantily, is still visible on the linen cloth preserved. A chemist professor in the mid-1900s was given permission to chemically examine a particle from the darkest vein removed and the chemical test found that what they were supposed to have was a mixture of real human tears and blood.

    Against a dark background, the Madonna looks down at the baby asleep on a little bed, neatly tucked between two sheets and a red brocade spread, with his head on two pillows. His chest and arms are bare. She wears a pinkish gray veil over brown hair and a blue mantle over a terracotta robe. The image depicts Mary crowned as queen and before her, lying on several circular pillows is the Infant, also crowned as the Little King, and covered with royal robes.

    In the archives of the Cathedral of Gyer, there is a document written in 1697 on parchment, relating this event. It is signed not only by the clergy and the laity who were present at the Mass, but by the mayor and the councilmen, by the governer, Lutheran and Calvinist preachers, a Rabbi—over one hundred signatures represent eye-witness to the miracle. In 1767, the Weeping Virgin Mary was set in a magnificent baroque altarpiece. In 1874, Pope Pius IX granted a plenary indulgence on the feasts of St. Patrick and the Assumption, before which feast public novenas are held.

    In 1913 Archbishop Schrembs of Toledo, visited Gyer in Hungary. He saw the beautiful painting and was deeply moved when told of the wonderful event. He requested a copy for the many Irish Catholics in his diocese who would be happy to learn the history and to possess the picture of Our Lady of Ireland. The copy was placed face to face with the original and then given to Bishop Schrembs. On August 23, 1914, Archbishop Schrembs dedicated the new St. Stephen’s Church in Toledo, Ohio. The Hungarian people had paid about 2/3 of the expenses of the building. The bishop presented the Madonna to this church, saying, “I am convinced that the picture will be treasured in a Hungarian Church just as much as it would be in and Irish one.” Both Hungarians and Irish were thrilled.

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  2. garabandal

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    An extraordinary thing happened in the Hungarian city of Gyor on St Patrick’s Day, March 17 1697. A painting of the Virgin and Child, brought to the city 42 years previously by Bishop Walter Lynch, a member of the esteemed Lynch family of Galway, began to ‘weep copiously’ during Mass. Despite having been wiped clean with linen cloths (one of those cloths is still preserved ), it continued to exude ‘a bloody sweat’ for three hours.

    The ‘miracle’ was witnessed by hundreds of astonished people, many of whom gave written testimony of what they saw. Bishop Lynch, who was also Warden of St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church for a time, sought refuge in Flanders, following the surrender of Galway to Cromwellian troops February 14 1653. There Bishop Lynch lived in poverty until his plight became known by Bishop János Pusky of Gyor, who invited him to his cathedral city, where he was appointed a canon, given a house, and a decent income. Bishop Lynch’s life in Gyor is described as that of an exemplary ‘humble priest.’ He spent his income supporting the poor. ‘The people of Gyor truly loved this foreigner for his generosity and devotion’.

    Following his death on July 14 1663, on the eve of his departure back to Ireland, Walter Lynch was buried in the cathedral. The image of the Virgin and Child, one of his few belongings, was hung on the wall of the northern aisle of the church.

    A mystery

    Where Bishop Lynch came upon this beautiful picture (somewhat debased by the addition of golden crowns in the 19th century ), is a mystery which I will try to unravel in the weeks to come. But whatever its origins the picture has been deeply venerated by generations of Hungarians, who, for more than three centuries, flock to see it throughout the year, but especially on March 17. The picture is known as ‘The Irish Madonna’, but perhaps more meaningfully as ‘The Consoler of the Afflicted’.

    There is no doubt that this is an icon of extraordinary power, and was both a personal and national comfort during Hungary’s difficult history in past centuries. The vision that St Patrick’s Day was witnessed by hundreds, maybe a thousand people. A document signed by 100 people, includes the signature of the governor of the city, its mayor, all its city councillors, the bishop, priests, Calvinists and Luthern ministers, as well as a Jewish rabbi, all testified that they had witnessed an undeniable miracle.

    The miracle

    A witness wrote: ….’Then did an extraordinary and naturally inexplicable phenomenon happen, that right on March 17, the holiday of Bishop St Patrick, Apostle of Ireland, around six o’clock in the morning, while numerous people were hearing Holy Mass, all of a sudden it was noticed that this Blessed Lady’s image wept; immediately the multitude swarmed about the place, seeing the thing in astonishment; some began to cry and repent their sins, others to doubt…

    ‘from the whole town gathered inhabitants of all ranks and all religions, those from the chapter, took the image from the wall; the wall was dry, and the image not only continued to weep, but was wet with sweat of blood, the drops were wiped with pure white cambric, but the image painted on the canvass wept again, so that a few drops fell on the cheek of the baby Jesus even, whose marks are still to be seen in the picture now. Moreover the cambric has ben preserved to the present day in a silver frame in the treasury of the capital church.

    ‘Full three hours did the vision last, during which the church rang with the devoted prayer of the Christian multitude that gathered there together. Among them was Count Heister Siegebert, the Imperial Military Governor of Gyor.’

    Count Heister Siegebert was a general, a military man, and a member of the nobility of the time. He was so firmly convinced of the genuineness of the event that he and his wife erected a new altar in honour of the Blessed Virgin at his own expense.
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    The miracle of Our Lady weeping blood and tears on St Patrick’s Day in 1697 for her suffering children in Ireland left a deep impression on the people of Hungary down to the present day. At all times, but especially in times of disaster, the people flock to her shrine in order to gain strength and hope in the midst of crisis. By virtue of this portrait, the Madonna has linked two nations whose people have suffered for their faith and freedom.
    (From the book: Miraculous Images of Our Lady by Joan Carroll Cruz, published by Tan Books & Publishers in Rockford, Illinois, 1993)”
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  5. DesertStar7

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    I have a copy. (y)
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  7. garabandal

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    Never been to Hungary. Been to Italy.

    The churches in Italy are mind blowing beautiful. Takes your breath away.
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  8. DesertStar7

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    So glad you've had that opportunity. :)

    I'd be gawking the entire time, oblivious to all human activity around me, and with a sore neck later. :D

    Wish I could know how much poetry I could get (write) out of just one visit.
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  10. AED

    AED Powers

    This is wonderful! Just wonderful. Magnificent.

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