284- The Ukraine and the Madonna

The Ukraine was dedicated to the Virgin Mary in the year 1037. It’s a special place for the Madonna.

It’s timely to take a moment and review just why the Ukraine captures the attention of those around her and the world of today as well.

This installment features the apparitions during the years 1914 and 1987.

Sources for this installment and additional information and Photos:

A timeline of the Virgin Mary’s appearances in Hrushivv- Saints 2B blog

Our Lady of Hrushiv, Ukraine Devine Mysteries.info

SpiritDaily.com- Book quotes: Witness

Josyp Terelya info and more about the book- Marys Way.net

Photo of Marina Kizyn, at age 12 first to see the apparition of the Virgin Mary in Hrushiv
Photo- Divine Mysteries website

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283- Black Madonna of Montevergine hid Shroud of Turin (WW II)

The beautiful Black Madonna at the monastery of Montevergine. A sanctuary with protection, even hiding the Shroud of Turin in WW2

Great photo of the Black Madonna icon at Montevergine thanks to http://interfaithmary.net
Great photo of the Black Madonna icon at Montevergine thanks to http://interfaithmary.net/blog/montevergine

Jeff Matthew’s/Wayback Machine Archive-  Bombing of Naples in WW II

Old photo of pilgrims- from official website of Montevergine
Pilgrims- from the official website of Montevergine

Sources & more on Montevergine, the Black Madonna Icon, The Shroud of Turin:

Michael O’Neill, the Miracle Hunter website- MiracleHunter.com

Saint William of Montevergine

Interfaith Mary Blog

Wikipedia.com

ABC News report on the  Shroud of Turin during WW II

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282- New Season and a News Story Some Believe Miraculous

Happy New Year 2022!

This Episode number 282 is the first installment of Season 22.

The intended content for this week’s podcast still needs more research before I can bring it to you. This created a hole in my schedule for programming that usually does not happen.

Then I read this news story on the website AJC.com by Reporter Henri Hollis. I think it should be called to your attention, if you have not already seen or heard about it.

The full news story by Henri Hollis is linked below as well as the Press Release mentioned in the podcast.

First of all, full disclosure: In this podcast I read excerpts from the news story by Reporter Hollis as well as from a Press Release by one of the two hero’s employers.

-AJC Newspaper, Monday January 3, 2022 (Henri Hollis) “God set this up: Husband, wife save couple”

Newspaper (AJC) clipping about couple who save 2 lives
Newspaper (AJC) clipping about couple who save 2 lives

The sources for the Joe & Lauren Wells Story: 

-AJC.com- Dec 30: “Butterfly Effect” by Henri Hollis

-City of Chattahoochee Hills- Press Release 12/21/21- via AmericanTowns.com

-WSBTV.com (News Staff) 4:04pm post “Chattahoochee Hills, GA Policeman and Wife Save”

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281- Extend the Christmas Holiday!

To be sure, Christmas is celebrated for 12 days with still more to come through January 6!

The Happy Times to Celebrate the Birth of Jesus Christ continues with the spreading of this joy on earth.

It comes subtly as the Growing Spirit of Friendship…Kinship…Pleasantries…New Beginnings…Overlooking Hurts…Mending Fences are now taking place.

These are the new ‘gifts’ we are receiving and, hopefully giving, during this 12 Day holiday.

3 gold christmas bulbs over a green snowy background with the words Emmanuel, Our God is with us
Our GOD IS with US

More about 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS:

What are the 12 Days of Christmas- GreekCityTimes.com

Church Doctrine: Celebrate for 12 days, no work, even for horses- CatholicismPure.com

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280- A New Original Christmas Story!

Here’s my new Christmastime story about old friends on opposite sides a city, a broken car, and help from some surprising friends. You’re hearing it first here on Constant Procession!

MERRY CHRISTMAS to YOU!

Photo of 4 lit advent candles and statue of the Madonna, Joseph and baby Jesus in the manger
Photo & Daily Advent Wreath Prayers-melaniejeanjuneau.blog

Being a Catholic Writer- Melanie Jean Juneau’s Blog

Gift package with the words 'Jesus is the Gift' writtn on it.
The Gift to give to keep in mind- Jesus came to walk among us and show us the better way to live.

Check out the video on this page, a hymn, the “Kontaion” about the forefeast of the Nativity of the Lord -GreekCityTimes.com

Father Jeremy talks about the Nativity Icon- Orthodoxyroad.com
Father Jeremy talks about the Nativity Icon- Orthodoxyroad.com

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279- The Candle of Joy!

The 3rd candle of Advent couples nicely with the Nativity Fast, where the arrival of Jesus is getting brighter! Plus an excerpt from my book “The Constant Procession” about the apparition of Our Lady of Laus.

Book cover of Benoite Rencurel and the first apparition of Notre Dame du Laus
Benoite Rencurel and the first apparition of Notre Dame du Laus

Deep dive for more about the amazing story of this apparition by Ang Tagapagtala-LittleTreasuresOfFaith.com

Translation of a book written in 1878- Blog by “Lahuile” at benoitereencurel.wordpress.com

This website has more about Benoite- Blog by “Lahuile” at BenoiteRencurel.wordpress.com

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278- Early December Dates to Remember

Can you feel the gradual shift towards Christmas by the activities of people around you?

Also in this podcast is the story of the apparition of “Our Lady of Guadalupe” from my book, “The Constant Procession.”

This week also reminds me of December 7, 1941, when paradise was attacked in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor. Can you imagine how that day of Infamy thrust the USA into war with Japan and also Germany during WW2? 

Fortunately for humanity this first week in December also includes the “Conception of the Virgin Mary” and December 9-12 also celebrates when St Juan Diego had an apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1531.

Ultimately throughout history, Christ’s Birthday season always continues.

Photo of the area where, note the arrow, is to indicate where the apparitions occured.
Arrow shows where the Virgin Mary first appeared to St Juan Diego on Tepeyac Hill on December 9, 1531…
A photo of An impression, perhaps of the painting made of St. Diego's tilma
The impression in St. Diego’s tilma

Excellent youtube video that documents all the key locations at the Our Lady of Guadalupe site in Mexico City- credit: mexocotlan tlaxcala

Link to a story about Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 and Today- Cincinnati.com

2 candles lit on an Advent wreath
But there’s Always Hope-Advent wreath- celebratingholidays.com

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277- Advent Candles and Opportunity

The 4 Sundays of Advent lead to the Nativity of Jesus Christ. The first candle begins the time for creating a more meaningful Christmas season experience than ever before.

Also in this week’s podcast, I’m going to include reflections from a time not overshadowed by Corona and Vaccinations.

Back to when it was the hustle and bustle of crowded stores and traffic jams that were our concern during pre-Christmas planning.

1st candle of Advent Wreath is glowing
1st candle of Advent Wreath is glowing- Hawaii Catholic Herald.com
Photo with text that reads as follows;Let us journey towards the Feast of the Nativity with joyous hearts! Fast no only from food, but also from hatred and fear. Bring forth goodness and kindness to all. Forgive, Be generous, In all thints, give glory to God.

Image from : Nativity Fast from catholiclife.blogspot.com

More information on the daily prayers with an Advent Wreath

Nativity Fast (It’s never too late to start)- Wikipedia

The Virgin Mary’s Role in Advent– Fr. Roger J. Landry

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276- A Pre-Holiday “Worry-Free” Special

This episode includes a surprise while visiting a church in Nuremberg, plus a history of the Entrance of the Theotokos and, a way to cope with holiday shortages this year.

Side view of the church "Church of Our Lady," Nuremberg, Germany
Side view of the church “Church of Our Lady,” Nuremberg, Germany
The rehearsal inside the “Church of Our Lady” October, 2021
Painting by Fredi diBartolo of maiden Mary on the steps of the temple
Presentation of Mary in the Temple- by Fredi diBartolo

Links to more information about topics in this podcast

Veronika’s Adventure travelogue: Nuremburg Old Town- VeronikasAdventure.com

Amazing Evening Photo of the “Weihnachtsmarkt” in Nuremberg during Christmas- Expedia.com

Tips for viewing and architecture info from some folks touring “Church of Our Lady”

The Entrance of the Theotokos- GoArch.org

The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple- StHermanSOCA.org

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275- The Infant Jesus of Prague & Our Lady Victorious

The story of Our Lady Victorious, as the name implies, has differing Marian roots from two churches with similar names. One from last weeks’ podcast Episode (274) while I was in Paris and the other from an early fall podcast (Episode 269) when I was in Upstate New York.

Our Lady Victorious Church in Prague
Our Lady Victorious Church in Prague

As for the people of Prague, there is a special connection that dovetails with a miraculous statue known as “Infant Jesus of Prague” which is at home in the Our Lady Victorious church.

Statue of Infant Jesus of Prague inside Our Lady Victorious Church in Prague
Statue of Infant Jesus of Prague inside Our Lady Victorious Church in Prague
Close up of the entrance to Our Lady Victorious church in Prague
Our Lady Victorious in Prague

Podcast sources & more about Our Lady Victorious, Infant Jesus of Prague and the Nativity Fast:

The Infant Jesus of Prague- infantprague

Church of Our Lady Victorious- prague.org

Timeline of the Infant of Prague- pragjesu.cz

Nativity Fast- Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.org

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274- Our Lady of Victory/Notre-Dame des Victoires (Paris)

As promised, I explore Notre-Dame des Victoires in Paris. This is the Basilica where Venerable Father Nelson Baker (his story is in Episode 269) found his devotion to the Virgin Mary as well as the story of the Basilica’s history.

A history that includes Father Charles Degenelles who also was inspired by the Madonna back in 1836.

Oh yes, there are over 37,000 ex voto offerings from other pilgrims found covering the walls of this storied place of worship.

Photo of the lifesize statue of Our Lady of Victories with the infant Jesus, inside Notre-Dame des Victoires.
The lifesize statue of Our Lady of Victories with the infant Jesus, inside Notre-Dame des Victoires.
Closer view of the marble relief at Notre-Dame des Victoires. The 4th station of the cross, Jesus meets his mother. Some of the 37,000 ex volo plaques surrounding it.
The marble relief at Notre-Dame des Victoires. The 4th station of the cross, Jesus meets his mother. Note some of the 37,000 ex volo offerings (plaques) around it.
Photo of the santurary of Notre-Dames des Victoires.
The sanctuary of Notre-Dames des Victoires.
Photo of the front of Notre-Dames des Victoires in Paris, France.
The front of Notre-Dames des Victoires in Paris, France.
The area around Notre-Dame des Victoires

A marblel relief at Notre-Dame des Victoires. The 4th station of the cross, Jesus meets his mother. Some of the 37,000 ex volo plaques surrounding it
Marble relief at Notre-Dame des Victoires. The 4th Station of the Cross. Jesus meets his mother. Some of the 37,000 ex volo plaques surround it.
A different video of the street scene in front of Notre-Dame des Victoires

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Our Lady of Victory (Paris, FR)- Roman Catholic Saints.com

Basilica of Notre-Dame des Victoires- notredamedesvictoires.com

Father Charles Desgenettes- Wikipedia.com

A YouTube video of the inside of the Basilica- by Vincent Hildebrandt

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273- The Virgin Mary’s Parents and Their Story

Ever thought of the Madonna when she was a baby? How about before she was born? I have uncovered the story of the parents of the Mother of God. This is the story of Joachim and Anna (Ann)

More information about Joachim and Anna:

Icon of Joachim and Anna with the Baby Mary

This icon and more info about Joachim and Anna (Ann) are from orthodoxwiki.org

“Jake’s Story” found on the Sts Joachim & Ann Care Service, St. Charles, Lincoln, and Warren, Missouri: https://www.jacares.org/blog/

Joachim and Anne’s Story from the People of God in Trinidad and Tobago- CatholicTT.org

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272- A Message of Hope. Our Lady of La Salette

A Message of Hope. This podcast is from my book The Constant Procession about Our Lady of La Salette.

A 14th century monk, Gregory Palamas observed about the Madonna that “While on earth, she harkened and obeyed heavenly things rather than things earthly.”

Also, in the words of an Orthodox Archbishop John Maximovitch who lived from 1896-1966: “The end of the earthly life of the Virgin Mary was the beginning of her greatness.”

Photo of La Salette
La Salette

For More Information about Our Lady of La Salette:

From the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette-lasattleboroshrine.org

From Wikipedia

The Wayback Machine– University of Dayton

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271- Pt 2: Fatima Apparition & a wreath

Part 2- Our Lady of Fatima, Spanish Influenza & The Farm in Conyers, GA

A poignant reminder of the Spanish Influenza pandemic is the effect it had on the youngest seers, Francisco and his sister Jacinta Marto, who recently became saints at the 100 year commemoration in Fatima on May 13, 2017.

Unusual photo of 3 seers of fatima
Saint Jacinta (L) and brother Saint Francisco (R)

Both died from the effects of the Spanish Influenza before turning 12.

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM THIS WEEKS PODCAST:

The New Saints- Catholic News Agency.com

The Pope Makes History- American Magazine.org

Conyers.org has more about The Farm/Our Loving Mothers CHILDREN – Conyers.org

Our Loving Mother’s Children held a commemorative Fatima prayer service at “The Farm” on May 13, 2021. It included the crowning of a statue of the Virgin Mary with a wreath followed by a day of activities. Conyers.org

Photo of the main statue of the Virgin Mary with Baby Jesus at Our Loving Mother's Children, May 13, 2021 before the crowning with a wreath of flowers ceremony.
Statue of the Virgin with child at “The Farm” for Our Loving Mother’s Children’s ‘Fatima celebration’ (May 13, 2021)
for more about them visit their website- Conyers.org
Photo of main statue with the wreath of flowers crowning the Virgin Mary, May 13 2021
Close up photo of main statue with the wreath of flowers crowning the Virgin Mary
Photo of the small statue of the Virgin Mary that can be seen in the center during the Rosary prayers following the crowning of the larger statue with a wreath of flowers on May 13, 2021 at The Farm.
The 3′ statue of ‘Our Lady of Fatima’ in very center of this photo
The shawl shimmers as it moves across the statue of the Virgin Mary as mentioned in the podcast.

Here’s Episode 166 from the 2017 wreath crowning mentioned in the podcast

Photo of several of the memorials to the Virgin Mary in the woods at Our Mother's Children in Conyers, GA
Memorials to the Virgin Mary from all over the world in the forest at ‘The Farm’ in Conyers, GA- Conyers.org

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270- Part 1: The Fatima Apparition

Part 1- This week’s podcast celebrates the Fatima Apparitions from 1917. The October 13th apparition was the final of the 6 visitations of the Virgin Mary to the three little children in Portugal back in 1917.

The Fatima Shrine pilgrims at the Centennial Anniversary of the Apparitions of the Virgin Mary- May 13, 2017
One recent interpretation of the story… link is to DVD or on line video stream

Links for more information about The Apparitions of The Virgin Mary in Fatima in 1917:

A timeline of events- Fatima Centennial.com

The Two Little Saints- The Splendor of the Church.com

My ‘live’ post while attending the Centennial event at the Fatima shrine in Portugal on May 13, 2017

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269- Our Lady of Victory & Father Baker

“She Did It All” Venerable Nelson Baker would say in regards to “Our Lady of Victory” whenever something had been achieved for the needy. “Father Baker” as he preferred to be called, is now in the process of consideration for Sainthood.
Photo of a statue in park across street from OLV Basilica of Mary with Jesus and words "She Did It All" on base
“She Did It All” statue across from the Basilica- photo by Nikos Steves
Photo of the exterior of Our Lady of Victory Shrine & Basilica in Lackawanna, NY
Photo of the National Shrine & Basilica of Our Lady of Victory (OLV)- Photo by Nikos Steves 8.24.21
Exterior of the main entrance of OLV, words Hail Our Blessed Lady of Victory above doors
Inscription above the entrance: Hail Our Blessed Lady of Victory

For more information about Our Lady of Victory Shrine & Basilica and Father Baker:

OLV National Shrine & Basilica- OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Direct link to the OLV video from their 3D tour (YouTube)

Photo of Priests POV looking back into the sanctuary of OLV
Priests POV looking through the Sanctuary of OLV
Interior of one side of the Basilica with marble columns
Interior of side columns and lifesize statues of some of the Stations of the Cross

Sources for some information included in this podcast:

OLV National Shrine & Basilica- Father Baker’s Story

Servant of God- Catholicism.org

Celebrating Father Baker Day- Catholicarchives.org

Photo of one block of campus buildings across the street from the OLV Basilica
Some of the Buildings of the OLV campus across the street from the Basilica
Photo of a campus building entrance with sign Our Lady of Victory Homes of Charity
The service centers are now called OLV Human Services
Illustration of Venerable Nelson H. Baker and a prayer for him to become a saint
Link to donating to the cause for Sainthood

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268- Part 2: Saint Marianne Cope

Part 2- Saint Marianne Cope and 6 nuns went to the Sandwich Islands in 1883 bringing decades of experience dealing with infectious disease with them.

Photo of a St. Marianne Cope in a garden- courtesy of St Marianne Cope Museum Archives
Photo of St. Marianne Cope in a garden- courtesy of St Marianne Cope Museum Archives
Photo of St Anthony's Chapel new Reliquary Blessing in Syracuse. Oct 2010- courtesy of St Marianne Cope, Museum Archives
St Anthony’s Chapel new Reliquary Blessing in Syracuse. Oct 2010- courtesy of St Marianne Cope, Museum Archives
New Reliquary in St Anthony Chapel, Syracuse- courtesy of St Marianne Cope Museum Archives
New Reliquary in St Anthony Chapel, Syracuse (2010)- courtesy of St Marianne Cope Museum Archives
Photo of the Final Resting Place for St. Marianne Cope at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, Hawaii
Final Resting Place for St. Marianne Cope at the Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu- wje.com

Miraculous Experiences surrounding Saint Marianne:

Pix of double rainbow
Just before her remains were sent to the mainland during the review process for canonization, a double rainbow appeared over Kalaupapa- photo by axelle

MIRACLES attributed to Saint Marianne Cope and their stories!

For more information about St. Marianne Cope:

St Marianne Cope- Aleteia.org

St Marianne Cope Shrine and Museum-SaintMarianne.org

National Women’s Hall of Fame- womenofthehall.org

LINK TO PART 1- Episode 267

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267- Part 1: St Marianne Cope, contemporary Saint

Part 1 of the story of St. Marianne Cope from America who led an expedition to another country that was in medical crisis. Putting her faith totally in God, she wrote “I am not afraid of any disease.” She lived to age 80.

Photo of a young St. Marianne Cope in habit- courtesy of St Marianne Cope Museum Archives
Photo of a young St. Marianne Cope- courtesy of St Marianne Cope Museum Archives

Link to Part 2- Episode 268

Links to Primary Sources for this weeks podcast and for more information:

St Marianne Cope Shrine and Museum- saintmarianne.org

National Women’s Hall of Fame- womenofthehall.org

My Healthcare System.org

St Elizabeth of Hungary catholic.org

Photo of wooden statue of St Marianne Cope
Pix from A Catholic Mom in Hawaii.blogspot.com
Photo of front entrance to St Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum
The museum is located on the St. Joseph’s Hospital campus in Syracuse, NY- saintmarianne.org

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266- Amazing Shrine for Our Lady of La Vang

The apparition of the Virgin Mary known as Our Lady of La Vang occurred in Viet Nam in 1798 and this apparition has exciting things happening stateside today!

Shrine in Viet Nam today where Our Lady of La Vang appeared
Apparition spot in Viet Nam where Our Lady of La Vang appeared in 1798- pix by Phong Nhg Explorer.com
New Shrine of Our Lady of La Vang at Christ Cathedral in Orange County, CA
New Shrine to Our Lady of La Vang in Orange County California dedicated in July 2021! pix from Christ Cathedral California .org in Orange County, CA

Links to Primary Sources for this weeks Podcast:

Kelly Mantoan’s post about Our Lady of La Vang on her Blog- This Ain’t the Lyceum.org

(Also check out her NEW BOOK- Better Than OK- Finding Joy as a Special Needs Parent)

Christ Cathedral California- New Shrine information

LA Times Article from July 2021 about the new shrine

Phong Nha Explorer- (Great Photos, text in Vietnamese)

The Smart Local: Vietnam

Marypages.com

Michael O’Neill- The Miracle Hunter.com

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265- On the Road with The Virgin Mary

From traveling this summer to places where few people will be around to remembering the events leading up to the Fatima apparitions of the Virgin Mary from May 13th  to October 13th  1917.

On September 8th she is remembered during the celebration of the Nativity of the Theotokos. In the Western Church; the Nativity of the Virgin Mary. September 9th  is the remembrance of her parents SS. Joachim and Anna, which is celebrated in the Eastern Church.

Also September 13 is a reminder of when the Madonna appeared for the 5th time to the young seers 104 years ago in Fatima, Portugal.

Links for more information about the Nativity of the Theotokos and sites about the Nativity of the Blessed Mother of God:

Nativity of the Theotokos Monastery.org

Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos– mecc.org

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary-America Needs Fatima.org

The Fatima Apparitions- America Needs Fatima.org

Photo taken at the 100 Year Celebration of the Appartions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima in 2017, when Jacinta and Francisco Marto became Saints.
Unusual photo of 3 seers of fatima
Jacinta (left) and her brother Francisco Marto (right) now Saints in the Roman Catholic Church
Photo of rustic canal warehouse
Rustic Canalside warehouse from times past- This year’s summer tour of “places outside”– Finger Lakes, NY state
Photo- Sunset on the Finger Lakes
Summer 2021 Tour “places outside,” Keuka Lake, one of the Finger Lakes of New York State

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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264- St. Winebald, 6th (of 6) family members to be a saint!

The final saint from this family is St. Winebald. The older brother to St. Willibald and sister St Valpurga.

Color illustration of St. Winebald
St Winebald credit- http://catholicsaints.info/saint-winebald-of-heidenheim/

He studied to become a monk while in Rome and returned to England to recruit others back to Rome to dedicate their lives to God. But he eventually found himself in Germania helping his uncle St. Boniface, brother and sister with their mission there.

Graffiti of the family of saints from wiki commons
St Wuna is on the right along with her husband Richard, then Winebald, St Valpurga and St Williebald from Wikicommons

Here are several photos that offer additional background about early Christianity in Germany:

Wurzburg, Germany settled in 6th century and Chrisitanized in 686
This is a screen grab from a YouTube video about the Main River.
An infographic about Kapple, a church where the Virgin Mary appeared
Another screen grab from the same video that mentions a church the Virgin Mary visited in Germany.

For more about St. Winebald here are links to my primary sources:

AnaStPaul.com

NewAdvent.org

Wikipedia.com

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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263- St. Valpurga, 5th (of 6) family members to be a saint!

St Valpurga is the 5th of 6 saints from an English family who lived in the 700’s. Daughter of Ss. Wuna and Richard of Wessex, niece of St. Boniface and sister of Ss. Winebald and Willibald.

Icon of St Valpurga
St Winebald credit- http://catholicsaints.info/saint-winebald-of-heidenheim/

St Valpurga due to the depth of her learning is credited by some as the first female writer from England AND Germany! She wrote what has been called the first ‘travel log’ which consisted of the travels of her older brother St WillIebald on a pilgrimage of Christian shrines.

St Valpurga helped her brother St Williebald found a double monastery, a community for both monks and nuns at Heidenheim. She headed the nuns there at the monastery and her eldest brother St Winebald became the head of the monks.

Graffiti of the family of saints from wiki commons
St Wuna is on the right along with her husband Richard, then Winebald, St Valpurga and St Williebald from Wikicommons

For more about St. Valpurga here are my primary sources for this podcast:

St. Gregory Orthodox Church.org (they call her St Walburga)

Prayers for Reparation.org

Colorado’s Abbey of St Walburga- Walburga.org

St Walburga and Healing Oil story- ABlessedCallToLove.org

Diocese of Eichstätt

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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262- St Willibald, 4th (of 6) family members to be a saint!

St. Willibald is the 4th of 6 saints from an English family who lived in the 700’s. Son of Ss. Wuna and Richard of Wessex, nephew of St. Boniface and brother of Ss. Winebald and Valpurga.

Color Illustration of St. Willibald
St. Willibald credit- https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/332070172528292473/

It was St. Willibald who miraculously recovered from the near-death experience at the age of 3. As a part of their prayers to God, his parents pledged to place the child into Divine service as a monk should he survive.

St Willibald really did not want to become a bishop, but his diplomatic nature in the way he could handle situations between various challenges from the different pressures of a pilgrim church in Germania made him the perfect candidate for his role. The church thrived.

Graffiti of the family of saints from wiki commons
St Wuna is on the right along with her husband Richard, then Winebald, St Valpurga and St Williebald from Wikicommons

For more about St Willibald, here are my primary sources:

The Heavy Anglo Orthodox.blogspot.com

Cor Marie.com

Encyclopedia.com

New Advent.org

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Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.

The origin of these podcasts began with my book The Constant Procession.

(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)

Constant Procession (the podcast) is published here every Tuesday morning.

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