Posts Tagged ‘Mary’

Mary Queen of Heaven

In the Catholic calendar, May is a month where we pay special homage to Mary our Mother, Our Blessed Lady. Here are some ideas on how to do that throughout the month:

  1. Attend daily Mass – if you are unable to attend Mass every day, try going an extra day or two during the week.
  2. Pray the rosary every day – Our Lady of Fatima urged the seers to pray the rosary every day, during each of her six apparitions in Portugal. Are you a bit rusty when it comes to praying the rosary? Check out EWTN’s guide , install a rosary app on your smartphone, ask a friend or family member to pray it with you, or pray the rosary with Mother Angelica and her Sisters . And if you’re unable to pray the rosary, why not start with a decade a day!
  3. Put a picture of Mary in every room, and every time your eyes fall on her, offer up a little prayer.  And if you don’t have that many pictures  of Mary (I don’t!) google ‘Mother Mary’ and print off your favourites.
  4. Talking about favourite pictures of Mary, choose your top picture and use is as the wallpaper or background to your phone/ tablet/ laptop/ work computer for the month! This makes for a great starting point for evangelisation when a friend or colleague catches a glimpse of your screen!
  5. Make a pilgrimage – you don’t have to go all the way to Lourdes, Fatima or Mexico City! Plan a week-end to Knock or Walsingham, or go visit a local shrine or grotto- and invite your friends! Take a picture and share it on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram  AND Pinterest!
  6. Mary Prayer FocusCreate a prayer focus– a statue of Mary, some candles, rosary beads, a bible… and if you don’t have a statue of Mary, May is the time to get one! Veritas sell statues of Mary from e4.50 (and deliver free in Ireland!)
  7. Blue is the Marian colour, so, wear something blue every day– that way you’ll start your day by thinking about honouring our Heavenly Mother! And, if you don’t have many blue clothes, a good back up is blue nail varnish! Another opportunity to tell people about Mary when people comment on the  interesting colour of your nails!
  8. Read about Mary! Pope John Paul II wrote Redemptoris Mater, an encyclical on the blessed Virgin Mary in the life of the pilgrim Church. Or, just look up ‘Mary’ in the index in your Catechism or YouCat, and work your way through. Also, when he was cardinal, Pope Emeritus Benedict wrote an excellent book about  Mary entitled “Mary: The Church at the Source, with Hans Urs von Balthasar.
  9. Celebrate! Share the Marian love with colleagues and bring in some celebratory cakes into work to share! @UKCatholicGirl wrote a great blog post about what happened when she decided to buy cakes to share in the law firm’s office where she worked, to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. You could do this on the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima (13th May) or  the Visitation (31st May), or any other day… just because its the month of Mary!
  10. Watch a film about Mary– and invite some friends round and watch The 13th Day, Lourdes, or The Story of Bernadette.
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1st February 2013, Ururo, Bolivia. Crowds gathered for the unveiling of Virgen del Socavón, four years in the making and at a cost of $1.2 million.

Virgen del Socavón is the patron saint of miners. She stands tall on a 12, 000 foot mountain, south of La Paz, Bolivia’s second largest city. Standing 45 meters tall, the Virgin is seven meters taller the Rio’s Christ the Redeemer, but slightly shorter than the statue of Liberty, New York.

Rolando Rocha, the lead sculptor, told reporters that the monument “is an act of faith that strengthens our traditions.”

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The path of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary (Marian consecration) was introduced by Saint Louis in the 18th Century.

Blessed John Paul II said of Marian consecration;

” … At one point I began to question any devotion to Mary, believing that, if it became too great, it might end up compromising the supremacy of the worship owed Christ. At that time, I was greatly helped by a book by Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort entitled ‘Treatise of True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin.’ There I found the answers to my questions. Yes, Mary does bring us closer to Christ; she does lead us to him, provided that we live her mystery in Christ. . . . . thanks to Saint Louis, I began to discover the immense riches of Marian devotion from new perspectives.”

Blessed John Paul II’s papal motto Totus tuas reflects his personal devotion and consecration to Mary.

Consecration falls on a Marian feast therefore, preparation begins 33 days before hand, through a series of prayers by St Louis de Montford. Preparation for consecration can begin today, so that consecration falls on the Feast of our Lady of Lourdes, the 11th February. You can follow it on Facebook.

Total consecration to Mary is something that should be undertaken after prayer and reflection, it is not a light hearted decision. To find out more information, or for alternative dates, visit Fisheaters 

Today is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God! She is the “New Eve,” since Eve’s disobedience ushered sin into the world while Mary’s “yes” and obedience ushered the Savior into the world!

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Digital Nativity

Posted: December 21, 2010 in Events, Video
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Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Posted: December 8, 2010 in Feast Days, Video
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The Immaculate Conception by Murillo, 1660, Museo del Prado, Spain. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the conception of Mary, Mother of God. She was concieved without ant stain of origional sin. Catholics are not the only ones who celebrate Mary’s purity; the Islamic tradition recognises Mary’s spotlessness in the Qur’an.

The Miraculous Medal is also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception. It was manifested by Saint Catherine Labouré, after instructions from the Virgin Mary in a vision. When the Miraculous Medal came into circulation, healings and blessings were attributed to it.

Why not pray the rosary today, or sing your favourite Marian hymn…

Happy Birthday Mary!

Posted: September 8, 2010 in Feast Days
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The Lady who is considered to be the greatest of all the saints… Indeed the Church’s calender observes only two birthdays; Mary’s (today) and St John the Baptist (24 June). According to tradition, the house where Mary was born to her parents, Anna and Joachim, is the same house where the angel appeared to Mary at the Annunciation. Thank you for saying yes, Mary, and Happy Birthday!