Category: Marian Feast Days

Fatima: What does Our Lady ask of us today?

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions. On October 13th, we celebrate the Miracle of the Sun – the final apparition of Fatima. The Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, appeared six times to three shepherd children: Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta between May 13 and October 13, 1917. She gave them a message of both warning and hope. Our Lady of...

Our Lady of the Pillar: Mother Mary’s First Apparition

October 12 is the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar — the Blessed Virgin Mary’s first apparition in history. The Blessed Mother appeared to Saint James the Apostle, the brother of Saint John the Evangelist, on the bank of the river Ebro in Saragossa, Spain. Unlike every other recorded apparition, this one took place during the earthly life of the Mother of God. Our...

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. This feast was instituted by Pope St. Pius V in thanksgiving for the great naval victory over the Turks at the battle of Lepanto on this day in the year 1570, a favor due to the recitation of the Rosary. This victory saved Europe from being overrun by the forces of Islam. Lepanto, perhaps...

Review of Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for Souls

Book Review Queen of Heaven: Mary’s Battle for Souls by Brian Kennelly and Rick Rotundi is the story of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, and her battle for souls with Lucifer, the fallen angel. “Mary was the woman whom God dreamed of before the world was made” (Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen). From all eternity, God planned that the Incarnation would happen...

Our Lady of La Sallette: A Message of Hope

On September 19, we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of La Salette. On this day, we recall the apparition in which Our Lady appeared to two shepherd children in France. On Saturday, September 19, 1846, the feast day of Our Lady of Sorrows at about 3:00 in the afternoon, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on the mountain of La Salette in the French Alps...

Our Lady of Sorrows: The Feast and Devotions

September 15 is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. This feast is dedicated to Mary, Mother of God, and her union with the sufferings of her Divine Son, Jesus. The title “Our Lady of Sorrows” focuses on the Blessed Mother’s intense suffering during the passion and death of Christ. The title “The Seven Dolors” refers to the seven swords that pierced the Heart of Mary....

The Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

On September 12, the Church celebrates the memorial of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary to teach us how useful and advantageous it is for us to invoke her holy name in our needs. The name Mary by which we honor the Most Blessed Virgin means “Star of the Sea”. It is, says Saint Bernard, very well given to her, because she...

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“Your birth, O Blessed Virgin Mary, fills the whole world with a sweet consolation and a holy joy, because of you was born our Jesus, our God, who has taken away from us the curse in which we were plunged by the sin of our first parents, and filled us with all kinds of blessings.” ~ St. John Vianney History of this feast day The...

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

February 11 marks the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1858 to St. Bernadette Soubirous. Between February 11 and July 16, 1858, the Blessed Mother appeared eighteen times to a poor, uneducated, sickly fourteen-year-old Marie Bernade (St. Bernadette) times in the in the hollow of the rock at Lourdes, called “de Massabielle”. On March 25, the feast of the Immaculate Conception in 1858,...

Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God

Happy New Year to all and a blessed Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God! Today we also observe the 50th annual World Day of Peace and are invited to pray for peace in the world. On this first day of the new year, eight days after the birth of Christ, we remember the Blessed Virgin Mary by celebrating her divine motherhood. We call Mary Theotokus,...