Die

Vierge du voeu

Votive Virgin in Die, perched on a round ancient castle keep, which was transformed into the Chapel of Our Lady of Hope by the priest in Die, Belle, in 1860. It is now the property of the town of Die. The vow to put up a statue to the Virgin in gratitude for her protection was made by a group of the faithful on July 9, 1944. It was consecrated by the Bishop of Valence, Camille Pic, on May 30, 1948 and is often referred to as "from the rue du Bac", an allusion to the reported visions of Catherine Labouré in 1830 and the engravings of the Virgin Mary on the "miracle medals" that were struck afterwards.

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Address : Die , 26150 Die
GPS Coordinates : 44.751009 , 5.378517
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Votive Virgin in Die, perched on a round ancient castle keep, which was transformed into the Chapel of Our Lady of Hope by the priest in Die, Belle, in 1860. It is now the property of the town of Die. The vow to put up a statue to the Virgin in gratitude for her protection was made by a group of the faithful on July 9, 1944. It was consecrated by the Bishop of Valence, Camille Pic, on May 30, 1948 and is often referred to as "from the rue du Bac", an allusion to the reported visions of Catherine Labouré in 1830 and the engravings of the Virgin Mary on the "miracle medals" that were struck afterwards.

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There is dual origin for the statues of Votive Virgins, to be seen in a number of towns in Drôme. On July 9, 1944, in Die, Abbot Jean Bossan encouraged his parishioners to pray for the protection of the Virgin and to vow to build a statue in her honor if the town was saved. The Bishop of Valence-sur-Rhône, Monsignor Camille Pic, set in motion the movement in the département through the Religious Week of the diocese of Valence-sur-Rhône, Die and Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux on July 26, 1944. The vows would be taken on August 15, 1944, Assumption Day.

Making the statues was most often assigned to local or regional sculptors, such as Gaston Dintrat, the Hartmanns, refugees in Allex, Duilio Donzelli and his son Dante of Valence-sur-Rhône, the Bachini and Vermare shops from Lyon. The statues were of varied inspiration: crowned Virgins and child, uncrowned Virgins with or without haloes, Virgins of Lourdes, weeping Virgins, Virgins with a star, Virgins Our Lady of the Hearth. The list must be completed with statues from before 1944, that became votive Virgins afterwards.

Source: REY C, "Chroniques du Diois", n°1, juillet 2004, p.9

Information: Jean-Noël Couriol

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