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August 2, 2023

A small town near Assisi, Our Lady of the Angels, is home to St. Francis’ first monastery.    Here St. Francis of Assisi lived, started the Franciscan order and died.  Our Lady of the Angels was founded by hermits who declared here is where Mary ascended into heaven by the angels whose singing is believed to still be heard there.

On August second faithful ask for special indulgences when visiting their church, including the ability to help souls currently in purgatory, awaiting their ascension to heaven.

The popularity of this practice has waned, as has interest in purgatory, yet many San Miguel mothers choose to name their daughters, Angelica, after this version of Mary.

lady of the angels dancingAlso, in the tiny village of Three Palms, outside of San Miguel, Our Lady of the Angels is celebrated
for a week with elaborate dancing and music.

Los Angeles, California was named for this image of Mary and later abbreviated to simply Los Angeles.


August 2, 2023