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The Theban Legion

Today the feast of the martyrdom of the Theban legion is on the Roman calendar. A possibly legendary tale of Roman soldiers disobeying orders to harass Christians and thereby ordered executed by Imperial command during the time of the Roman persecutions. The legion's commander, St. Maurice, was a very popular saint in days gone by, appearing to a young shepherd girl, Benoite Rencurel,  in Laos, France in the mid fifteenth century and directing her to a field where she enjoyed Marian apparitions for many months spanning years.  Mary asked for prayers of reparation and penance and for devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. St. Julian Peter Eymard, a promoter of the Forty Hours Devotion and founder of two religious communities is said to have walked from his home parish to Laus, over ninety miles away on the eve of his First Communion. 

These Marian apparitions received Vatican approval as worthy of belief in 2008. 

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Our Lady of Laus Sanctuary Shrine

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