Monday, September 12, 2011

September 12, Feast of the Holy Name of Mary



The victories of Our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary.
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I don't know how many Catholics realize that September 11 coincides with the feast of the Holy Name of Mary.  In the general liturgical calendar the feast is observed on September 12, while according to the Ambrosian calendar, the feast is September 11.  The feast falls within the octave of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin and commemorates a victory of Our Lady Help of Christians and Queen of the  Holy Rosary over the Turks:  After the siege of Vienna and the glorious victory of Sobieskl over the Turks (12 Sept., 1683), the feast was extended to the universal Church by Innocent XI, and assigned to the Sunday after the Nativity of Mary.
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A feast of the Holy Rosary
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Near the end of the 17th century, Emperor Leopold I of Austria took refuge in the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Pasau, when 200000 Ottoman Turks besieged the capital city of Vienna. Pope Innocent XI united Christendom against the ominous attack of Mohammedanism. A great victory occurred thanks to Mary Help of Christians. On September 8th, Feast of Our Lady's Birthday, plans were drawn for the battle. On September 12, Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, Vienna was finally freed through the intercession of Mary Help of Christians. All Europe had joined with the Emperor crying out "Mary, Help!" and praying the Holy Rosary.
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On September 11, 2001, the United States was attacked by Muslim extremists.  At Fatima in 1917 Our Lady offered the world a peace plan, which most importantly included her request that Christians pray the rosary every day.
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A few promises of Our Lady to those who recite her Rosary.
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I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary.
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It will cause good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of men from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire for Eternal Things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means.
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You shall obtain all you ask of me by recitation of the Rosary.  - Source

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May the souls of all the faithful departed of 9/11, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

2 comments:

  1. This is one of my favorite feasts in the whole calendar, but the priest didn't say the Mass for the Most Pure Name of Mary. Just curious if it was said at anyone's parish today?

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  2. The World Trade Center Cross was found 13 September, just before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross on the 14th.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/911-memorials-the-story-of-the-cross-at-ground-zero/2011/09/07/gIQA2mMXDK_story.html

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