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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 14, 2015 Page9 Madonna Della Cava (Continued from Page 1) This past weekend, thou- sands gathered to celebrate the 95th annual Madonna Della Cava Feast, which took place on Hanover and Bat- tery Streets in Boston's North End. The image of Maria SS Della Cava, Prin- cipal Patron of Pietraperzia, Sicily, was rediscovered mi- raculously in the year 1223 by a mute from Trapani who was directed by Our Lady to proceed to the outskirts of the town where the portrait of Our Lady would be found. In the process, his speech and hearing were restored. The first words spoken by the mute were, "VIA MARIA SS DELLA CAVA." The feast began on Friday evening with the exposition of the image of the Ma- donna, followed by a blessing and short procession. A va- riety of entertainment was provided over the weekend, with special guests Vinyl Groove on Friday and Natu- ral Wonder on Saturday. The feast concluded on Sunday with a Mass at St. Stephen's Church followed by a proces- sion of the faithful, mem- bers of the Madonna Della Cava Society, and two marching bands -- St. Alfio's and the Northeast Italian Band. The Madonna Della Cava Society of Boston was founded by Italian immi- grants in the early 1900s. To read the miraculous story of Madonna Della Cava visit the Society's website at www. (Photos by Rosario Scabin, Ross Photography) j