The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost, The Miracle of Ocotlán, Notre-Dame de Bonne Nouvelle / Our Lady of Good News (Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France) 1720 and Memorials of the Saints – 3 October

The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Twenty Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Miracle of Ocotlán – 3 October
Our Lord of Mercy
“The Prodigy of Ocotlán ”
This is a major miracle that you’ve probably never heard of, the appearance of Christ in the clouds, in Ocotlan, Mexico, in 1847.

Notre-Dame de Bonne Nouvelle / Our Lady of Good News (Rennes, Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, France) 1720 – First Sunday of October, 23 December:

Jean de Montfort founded the Dominican Convent of Our Lady of Good News in Rennes to pay a vow taken during the battle of Auray in 1364, where his victory settled him as Duke of Brittany. In the following century, a panel painting in the Convent’s cloister gained a reputation for miracles, resulting in the building of a separate Chapel to give due veneration to Our Lady and to accommodate the pilgrims.

Another vow was paid after the plague of 1632, which spared Rennes the serious devastation which the surrounding regions suffered. In thanks,giving to the Madonna, the City gave Our Lady of Good News a solid silver model of the town and, from 1634, observed a votive celebration every year on 8 September, the Feast of Mary’s Birth. Another miracle occurred during the great fire of 23 December 1720, when, as their wooden houses burned, the people of Rennes saw Our Lady of Good News look down in compassion from the sky.

During the French Revolution, the silver model, was melted down. The Chapel was destroyed and the Convent used to store fodder. A gardener saved the holy image, which he gave to the neighbouring Church of St Aubin. In 1849, a cholera epidemic inspired a new vow. A new silver-plated model city was commissioned from Napoleon III’s goldsmith and the September votive feast reinstated. When St Aubin’s became too small for all the pilgrims, a new Church was built, dedicated in 1904 to St Aubin and Notre-Dame de Bonne Nouvelle.

The painting was canonically crowned in 1908. In recent years the votive feast has been held on the first Sunday in October rather than 8 September.

St Adalgott of Chur
Bl Agostina of the Assumption
St Candidus the Martyr
St Cyprian of Toulon
Bl Damian de Portu
St Dionysius the Aeropagite
Bl Dominic Spadafora
St Ewald the Black
St Ewald the Fair
St Froilan

St Gerard of Brogne (c 895 – 959) Priest, Abbot of Brogne, Reformer.
St Gerard’s Story:
St Hesychius
Bl Juan Tapia
Bl Maddalena the Greater
St Maximian of Bagaia
St Menna

Blessed Szilárd István Bogdánffy (1911-1953) Bishop, Martyr
His Life:

St Theodore Guerin SP (1798 – 1856) Religious, Foundress of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and numberous schools, Educator.
About St Theodore here:

Bl Utto of Metten
St Virila OSB (Died c 950) Abbot
St Widradus

Martyrs of Alexandria – 9 saints: A number of Christian martyrs remembered together. We know the names Caius, Cheremone, Dionysius, Eusebio, Fausto, Lucio, Maximus, Paul, Peter and that there were at least two more whose names have not come down to us, and that’s about all we know.

Martyrs of Brazil – 30 beati: On 25 December 1597 an expedition of colonists, with two Jesuit and two Franciscan evangelists, arrived at Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. The region was colonized by Portuguese Catholics but was invaded by Dutch Calvinists who soon took over the whole territory. They immediately made a policy of the persecution of Catholics. On Sunday 16 July 1645 at Cunhau, Brazil, 69 people were gathered in the Chapel of Our Lady of the Candles for Mass celebrated by Father Andre de Soveral. At the moment of the elevation a group of Dutch soldiers attack the Chapel, murdering many of the faithful including Father Andre; the parishioners died professing their faith and asking pardon for their sins. On 3 October 1645, 200 armed Indians and a band of Flemish troops, led by a fanatical Calvinist convert, hacked to death an unknown number of people of Rio Grande including:
• Blessed Ambrosio Francisco Ferro
• Blessed André de Soveral
• Blessed Antônio Baracho
• Blessed Antônio Vilela
• Blessed Antônio Vilela Cid
• Blessed Diogo Pereira
• Blessed Domingos Carvalho
• Blessed Estêvão Machado de Miranda
• Blessed Francisco de Bastos
• Blessed Francisco Mendes Pereira
• Blessed João da Silveira
• Blessed João Lostau Navarro
• Blessed João Martins
• Blessed José do Porto
• Blessed Manuel Rodrigues de Moura
• Blessed Mateus Moreira
• Blessed Simão Correia
• Blessed Vicente de Souza Pereira
and other lay people whose names have not come down to us.

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Feast of The Miracle of Ocotlán – Our Lord of Mercy – 3 October

Feast of The Miracle of Ocotlán – Our Lord of Mercy – 3 October. This is a major miracle that you’ve probably never heard of, the appearance of Christ in the clouds, in Ocotlan, Mexico, in 1847. This historical event – approved by the Archdiocese of Guadalajara in 1911 – is known as “The Prodigy of Ocotlán

On Saturday 2 October 1847, a massive earthquake hit the region of the town of Ocotlán, Mexico; much of the city was destroyed and 40 people died. The next day, Sunday 3 October 1847, before a Mass was celebrated in the cemetery of the Chapel of La Purísima Concepción in the city of Ocotlán, more than 2,000 people witnessed a perfect image of Jesus Christ Crucified that appeared in the skies for more than 30 minutes.

Before Mass began that 3 October which would be presided over by the parochial vicar, Fr Julián Navarro, two very white clouds began to join in the north-west of the sky and in the middle of them the image of Christ appeared.

Those present and those in nearby towns were moved, made acts of contrition and shouted for “Mercy to the Lord.” For this reason this Christ was named the “Lord of Mercy” and in his honour, in September 1875, a new Church dedicated to Him was blessed and consecrated.

Among the faithful who witnessed the prodigy were also Fr Julián Martín del Campo, Parish Priest of the community and Antonio Jiménez, the Mayor of the city. Both sent letters to their respective superiors telling what happened.

In addition, after the miracle, a file was prepared with 30 eyewitness testimonies by order of the layman Lic. Miguel Castellanos. Fifty years later, in 1897, under the order of the then Archbishop of Guadalajara, Mons. Pedro Loza y Pardavé, a new file was drawn up with 30 more people, including 5 priests.

On 29 September 1911, the Archbishop of Guadalajara at that time. Mnsgr José de Jesús Ortiz y Rodríguez. signed the document that endorsed the appearance of Jesus Christ in Ocotlán and the worship and veneration that the faithful of that town carry out to the venerated image of the Lord of Mercy located in the Sanctuary of the same name.

“We must recognise as a perfectly proven historical fact the appearance of the blessed image of Jesus Christ Crucified (…) and that it could not have been the work of hallucination or fraud, since it was verified in broad daylight, in view of more than two thousand people, ” said the Archbishop.

He also pointed out that so that the Mercy of the Lord is never forgotten, the faithful should “congregate in the way possible, after purifying their consciences with the holy sacraments of Penance and Holy Communion and solemnly swear in the presence of God, for himself and his descendants, that year by year they will celebrate the anniversary of 3 October. ”

In 1912, after approval and to comply with the provisions of the Archbishop of Guadalajara, the public festivities began in honour of the Lord of Mercy, remembering the Prodigy of 1847. Currently the festivities last 13 days, from September 20 to September 3. October.

In 1997, John Paul II sent his Apostolic Blessing to the town of Ocotlán for the 150th anniversary of the prodigy and asked to celebrate their festivals in a holy way, living the sacraments.

To commemorate the event, a monument, which is entirely carved in pink quarry. On the eastern altar there is a scene of the destruction of the town by the 1847 earthquake and on the western altar there is a representation of the prodigy with the Lord of Mercy in the centre. It has a height of approximately 20 meters.

Prayer to Our Lord of Mercy

Oh Lord of Mercy,
Father and King of joyful Ocotlán;
our assembled people adore You
and a fervent song raise to You.
For our people sinned
and their sin provoked divine justice
and a tremor left nothing but ruins
of what was the lovely Ocotlán
but the people repented
and from Heavens,
You came lovingly
and with outstretched arms
You gave us, a safe haven of peace …