Here are a few of the lesser-known Marian feasts that highlight various apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary or were instituted by local churches throughout the world.
Our Lady Queen of Poland - May 3
In commemoration of the declaration of the Polish Constitution on May 3, 1791, Pope Pius XI designated May 3 as the feast of Our Lady, Queen of Poland, in 1923.
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Our Lady of Lebanon - First Sunday in May
In 1908 a shrine dedicated to the Virgin Mary was built near Harissa in Lebanon on a mountain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The Maronite Patriarch dedicated it to "Our Lady of Lebanon" and instituted a feast on the first Sunday of May.
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Our Lady of Europe - May 5
At a shrine in Gibraltar, the European continent was consecrated to Our Lady of Europe. Since 1979 this feast has been celebrated on May 5, known as "Europe Day."
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Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii - May 8
Bl. Bartolo Longo in 1883 founded a shrine in Pompeii dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary. He installed an image there that soon became a source of miracles. A girl was healed at the shrine on May 8.
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Our Lady of China - Second Saturday in May
In 1924 the Chinese bishops consecrated China to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and in 1973 instituted a feast of Our Lady of China on the day preceding Mother's Day.
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Our Lady of Mercy - May 22
On May 22, 1527 in Bovegno, Italy, the Virgin Mary appeared to a poor woman, and through the apparition many were healed and numerous graces were received. A shrine was built on the site of the apparition.