Blessed Are You, O Mary

Blessed Are You, O Mary

  The Assumption of Mary Guido Reni 1642   Today the Virgin Mary was taken up to heaven; for all eternity, she shares the victory of Christ.   —Responsory, Morning Prayer, LOH   +PAX

Ineffabilis Deus

Ineffabilis Deus

  (Vatican Radio) On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception it is tradition for Benedict XVI to pay homage to Mary by the statue of Our Lady near the Spanish steps in the heart of Rome.   A feast day Pope Benedict XVI has often referred to as a great one , highlighting how in her sinless perfection , Mary is a great sign of hope for the Church and for the world. In Pope Benedict’s very words: ” a sign of the marvels that God’s grace can accomplish in us, his human creatures: In these days of Advent, in company with the holy and immaculate Mother of God, let us prepare to welcome her Son into our lives and into our hearts”…   A Feast day which falls each year on the 8th of December, a couple of weeks ahead of Christmas.  ...

Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Our Mother of Perpetual Help

  “Turn to Virgin Mary for protection of nation, urges bishop”   “It has never been easy to be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ. In fact, our Savior warns that the world will hate us if we love Him. The attacks of this world, the flesh and devil seem particularly ferocious in this current moment. Several months ago, I asked that we not lose sight of the spiritual nature of this battle when I directed that the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel should be invoked at every Sunday Mass for the protection of the Catholic Church in America. I now ask us to re-double our spiritual efforts through devotion to the Blessed Virgin.   The Immaculate Mother of God is the Patroness of the United States and our own Local Church. The Pope has...

O Mary Conceived Without Sin

O Mary Conceived Without Sin

Pray for us who have recourse to Thee   +PAX See more: Miraculous Medal Catholic Bible  

Our Lady of the Rosary

Our Lady of the Rosary

Our Lady of the Rosary Circle of García de Bouzas, 18th century Oil on canvas Museum of the Church of San Paio (Pelagius) Santiago de Compostela, Spain   There are two basic types of Our Lady of the Rosary image. In the older type, from the 16th through the 18th centuries, the Virgin Mary gives the Rosary to St. Dominic alone or to him and other saints.   The second type is the one that prevails today. The Virgin Mary stands alone or with the Christ Child and holds a rosary in her hand. There is very little consistency in images of this style, beyond the fact that the Virgin usually holds a rosary and wears blue and white.   By the 18th century (the time of the painting shown) the Rosary had evolved into the shape it retained until the 21st...