The origins of this idyllic and busy chapel of Our Lady of the Holy Oak on the Proosbroekweg go back many centuries. There are different versions of the legend, but according to the legend that Petrus Vladderaccus wrote in a small book at the beginning of the 17th century, a statue of Mary with child was found on the sand in the river Beerze at the beginning of the 15th century. This statue was placed in an oak and venerated by the farmers and shepherds. After the statue had been brought to the church of Oostelbeers or Middelbeers, it was returned to its original place the next day. Then the statue was brought to Oirschot and a primitive wooden chapel was built on the spot. In another version of the legend, the story is exaggerated: here the statue floated upstream and two attempts were made to store the statue in 'Beers'.
January 10, 2021
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