Dedication of St Mary Major

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Dedication of St Mary Major is one of the four major basilicas in Rome. It was built by Pope Liberius and later restored by Pope Sixtus III who dedicated the it to Our Lady. The basilica represents the homage of the Roman Church to the Blessed Mother. It is called Major because it was the first church in the West in honour of Mary. The feast day is also known as Our Lady of the Snows, because a medieval legend said a miraculous snowfall in August fell on the site. The Dedication of St Mary Major is celebrated on the 5 August.

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