Showing posts with label The Assumption. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Assumption. Show all posts

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Archaeologists Discover 1,000 Year Old Pilgrimage Route in Ireland

On the small island of Ireland Caher, a traditional pilgrimage is held every 15 August,  but there are more finds.

 Dublin ( / CBA) on the Irish Atlantic island of Caher archeologists have discovered a 1000-year-old pilgrimage route. According to a report in the "Irish Times" (Tuesday), the curved line is marked on the southern and western edge of the island by a series of stone altars. This was identified by archival material, aerial photography and excavations, says archaeologist Michael Gibbons.

The small island (about 600 x 1200 meters) is located eight kilometers off the west coast of Ireland, is uninhabited and is called in Irish "City of Saints" (Cathair na Naomh). Each year numerous people traditionally flock on 15 August for the Feast of the Assumption on the sea route to Caher. The newly discovered route includes an additional tour on the island.

Caher has an early monastery with the ruins of a chapel and a hermitage from the seventh century and a sacred fountain in the north of the island. The island belongs, according to Gibbons, to the "most valuable" places of Ireland. It has remained largely "unaffected" by conservators.

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

The Madonna of Nagasaki

Our Lady of Nagasaki
As the large Japanese city of Nagasaki with then about 200,000 inhabitants was destroyed by the second American bomb on August 9, 1945, the Cathedral of the city was burned not far from "point zero" in the district of Murakami.   Nagasaki had had a strong Christian community since the 16th century, which had produced many martyrs during the Christian persecution of the 16th and 17th centuries.   At the time of the bomb's dropping, there were several priests and a few dozen faithful in the Church doing penance to prepare for the feast of the Assumption. None of them survived the explosion and the concluding fire storm, which destroyed the city made predominantly of wooden houses.  The parish of the Cathedral then had 12,000 faithful, of which 9,000 lost their lives that day.

The Japanese Trappist Kaemon Noguchi, who returned to Nagasaki after his demobilization, looked through the ruins of the Cathedral to inventory it and account for its property.  There on he found a half burned head of the statue of the Immaculata, which had stood above the high altar.  The statue was hewn in Italy according to the painting of the Immaculata de Murillo.
Cathedral Church Before the War

As Noguchi returned to his cloister in northern Japan, he took the head with him and kept it at him till the middle of the 70s.  First thereafter he brought the finds back to Nagasaki, where he redisplayed in the side chapel of the rebuilt cathedral and it is venerated by the Japanese Catholics as a reliquary.  Here is further information.

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