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Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: December 12

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, In : Marian Feasts 
On the morning of December 12 in 1531, a poor Aztec Indian man named Juan Diego rose, and made his way through the hills to Mass in Mexico City, as he did every morning.

Juan Diego was 57 years old, a humble and devout Catholic in a still largely pagan country. As he walked the familiar path, Juan thought about his family, his work; and he said a prayer for his sick uncle. Suddenly, he heard beautiful music and a woman's voice calling "Juan, Juan".

Turning from the path, Juan climbed Tepeyac ...
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Memorial of the Presentation of Mary: November 21

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About the Feast

According to apocryphal sources, this feast was celebrated as early as the second century. Reliable records show that it was observed in the Eastern Church by the sixth century. In 1372, when Pope Gregory XI learned of this feast's being celebrated in Greece, he introduced it. at Avignon. Eventually, in 1585, Pope Sixtus extended the feast to the universal Church.

The feast celebrates two events: the presentation of the child Mary in the Temple, which probably occurred when she...
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Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary: October 7

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About the Feast

On October 7, 1571, a Christian fleet composed of ships from Spain, the city-states of Italy, and the Knights of Malta challenged a Muslim Turkish navy for possession of Cyprus, which the Turks had captured a few months before. The battle took place at Lepanto (now known as the Gulf of Corinth), in the Mediterranean Sea. 

The Christian fleet, organized and consecrated by Pope Pius V and commanded by Don Juan, son of Charles V, prayed the Rosary together before entering battle. ...
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Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows: September 15

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About the Feast

The Church has always had a profound sympathy for the sufferings of Mary during her Son's Passion. "Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene" (Jn 19:25). Even if we cannot fully comprehend the agonies of Christ, we can certainly identify with Mary's grief and sorrow.

But formal recognition of the sorrows of our Lady, in the form of a feast day, did not come until the twelfth century. Once the feast was ...
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Feast of the Birth of Mary: September 8

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About the Feast

Tradition holds that Mary was the only child of Saint Anne and Saint Joachim, whose feast day is celebrated on July 26. Though there is no record of Mary's actual day of birth, this feast was celebrated by Christians in Syria and Palestine as early as the sixth century, when on a particular September 8 a church in Jerusalem was consecrated in Mary's honor.

Over the next several centuries, observance of this feast spread to the Western Church; by the Middle Ages, it was a public...
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Memorial of the Queenship of Mary: August 22

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, In : Marian Feasts 
About the Feast

Four years after he defined the dogma of the Assumption of Mary, Pope Pius XII, in the encyclical letter Ad Caeli Reginam, decreed and instituted the Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He thus acknowledged and made formal a long-standing Church

tradition. From the earliest centuries of the Church, belief in Mary's Queenship in heaven had been part of the Christian faith. Though nothing is said directly

about either Mary's Assumption or her Coronation in the Bibl...
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Solemnity of the Assumption: August 15

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About the Feast

This summer feast honoring our Lady dates from early in Church history. The Feast of the Assumption is first recorded as celebrated by Christians living in what was known then as Palestine (the region around Jerusalem) in about. 450.

The feast was originally called the Koimesis Theokotou in the Eastern Church and Dormitio Beatae Mariae Virginis in the Roman Church (Falling Asleep of the Mother of God).

With the belief that Mary had "fallen asleep" was also the strong conviction...
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Our Lady of Mount Carmel: July 16

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, In : Marian Feasts 
Patron of the Carmelites

About the Feast

July 16 is the patronal feast of the Carmelite Order. The Carmelites actually trace their origins back to pre-Christianity, to a community of contemplative hermits who settled on Mount Carmel in honor of the great prophets Elijah and his successor, Elisha.

The hermits' knowledge of Scripture and prophecy inspired them to recognize the Infant Jesus as the Messiah when the Holy Family returned to the village at the base of Mount Carmel—the village of Na...
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Our Lady of Perpetual Help: June 27

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, In : Marian Feasts 
The traditional picture of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is a Byzantine-style icon, dated to the 13th century. Some records say that the writer of the image (one "writes" an icon) used Saint Luke the Evangelist's portrait of Mary as inspiration.

Painted on wood, it shows the Mother of God holding the Infant Jesus while the archangels Michael and Gabriel fly overhead, holding the instruments. of His Passion. His sandal dangles from one foot as if, startled and frightened by the glimpse of His fut...
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Feast of the Visitation: May 31

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, In : Marian Feasts 
After the Annunciation, when the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, she traveled to the village of her kinswoman Elizabeth. Elizabeth's words of greeting to her are included in the prayer we now say as the "Hail Mary".
 
Luke 1:41-43, The Magnificat

And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me,...
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Mary, Help of Christians May 24

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, In : Marian Feasts 
About the Feast

This feast has a recent modern origin, though it stems from the same roots of turmoil, trial, and thanksgiving as have many other titles and feasts of our Lady.

In 1808, Napoleon Bonaparte, the emperor of France, kidnapped and imprisoned Pope Pius VII. He intended to force the Pope to sign a treaty that would grant Napoleon all power over both Church and State in France and all her conquered territories.

From his jail cell, the Pope sent messages to all the Church, calling on t...
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Solemnity of the Annunciation March 25

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, In : Marian Feasts 
About the Feast

The Feast ofthe Annunciation, on the calendar nine months before Christmas Day, is one of the more important feasts of the liturgical year. It commemorates the actual Incarnation of our Savior in the womb of His Mother, Mary. This is the moment when Jesus first "became man and dwelt among us." (See CCC nos. 484-488.)

The biblical account of the Annunciation is found in the Gospel of Luke (1:26 56). Saint Luke describes the moment when the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that sh...
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Our Lady of Lourdes: February 11

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About the Feast

On February 11, 1858, the first of the apparitions of Mary to fourteen-year-old Bernadette Soubirous, a peasant girl, occurred in Lourdes, France. On that day, while the girl was gathering firewood with her sister and friends, she saw "a beautiful Lady" dressed in white, with a rosary hanging from her arm, standing in a small cave-like space (grotto) in a cliff side. The Lady smiled at her and called to her. They prayed the Rosary together. Bernadette said the prayers, and the ...
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Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (Candlemas) February 2

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, In : Marian Feasts 
About the Feast

This feast is my earliest memory of Catholic liturgy. In 1971, my family was living in Glasgow, Scotland. It was my habit to spend Saturdays with my friend Mary-Anne G. On our way to a swimming pool one cold and rainy afternoon in February, Mary-Anne asked if I would mind attending a Catholic Mass with her before going to the pool. I did not mind, so we stopped at the church.

We were met inside the church door by the priest, who was wearing a white robe trimmed with crocheted w...
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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God: January 1

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, In : Marian Feasts 
About the Feast

Mother of God is Mary's highest title and the source of all her other titles and roles in the Church. From all eternity, God chose the Virgin of Nazareth to be the Mother of His Son. With her "fiat" at the Annunciation, she became the Theotokos, the Mother of God (CCC no. 495). At Calvary, God, in the person of Christ, gave His Mother to all mankind as our spiritual Mother, so that through her we might come to Him, as through her He came to us.

In A.D. 431, the third general co...
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Saturday Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, In : Marian Feasts 
It is not possible to commemorate all the "names of Mary" in the year, so only the major feasts of Mary are included in the Roman Calendar .

But, since the 1500s, permission has also been given to celebrate a Saturday Mass in honor of our Lady on any Saturday that is not the day of another major feast. Pope Paul VI recommended this practice as "an ancient and simple commemoration." After Vatican Council II, several new Masses were written to extend and expand this veneration of our Lady. Some...
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Marian Feasts

Posted by Site Webmaster on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, In : Marian Feasts 
Before we are born, our mothers are our entire world; they enfold, nourish, and protect us. When we are born they continue to care for us, by comforting, nursing, and teaching us as we grow. Mothers do not stop being mothers just because we are grown. Our mother will always be our mother.

So it is with our Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary. She will always be Jesus' Mother, and she will always be our Mother. And if, for whatever reason, our own birth mother is not quite all we would like her to...

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