23rd Wednesday in Ordinary Time
Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary
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Today is the “Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary”:
The Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, or simply the Holy Name of Mary, is a feast day in the Roman Catholic Church celebrated on 12 September to honor the name of Mary the mother of Jesus. It has been a universal Roman Rite feast since 1684, when Pope Innocent XI included it in the General Roman Calendar.
The entry in the Roman Martyrology about the feast speaks of it in the following terms:
“The Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a day on which the inexpressible love of the Mother of God for her Holy Child is recalled, and the eyes of the faithful are directed to the figure of the Mother of the Redeemer, for them to invoke with devotion.”
Luke’s Gospel today is the “Sermon on the Plain” (cf., Luke 6:20-26) wherein he relates the beatitudes:
“And raising his eyes toward his disciples he said: ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours. Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who are now weeping, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven. For their ancestors treated the prophets in the same way …” (cf., Luke 6:20-26).
I see a strong similarity between today’s liturgical feast and today’s Gospel reading. The “kingdom of God” was Mary’s BEFORE she even existed, even before she said, “Yes”! Our blessed mother “wept” often: she was “hated, excluded, and insulted” IN HER HOMETOWN; she was “” by her friends and some relatives “on account of the Son of Man”. However, denounced her “reward” was – – and still is – – “great in heaven” because of her great, undaunted, unrelenting faith in God the Father, and in her son – the SON of MAN!! Our Mother Mary, the Queen of Heaven and Earth, demonstrated, lived, and extolled the beatitudes in a heroically faithful manner. “Hail Mary, FULL of Grace. AMEN!”
† 0352 – Death of Maximinus van Trier, bishop of Trier/saint, dies
† 0413 – Death of Marcellinus of Carthage, Christian saint
† 1012 – Death of Guido van Anderlecht, Flemish pilgrim/saint, dies
† 1213 – Albigensian Crusade: Simon de Montfort, 5th Earl of Leicester, defeats Peter II of Aragon, at the Battle of Muret.
† 1362 – Death of Pope Innocent VI, [Etienne Aubert], (1352-62)
† 1665 – Death of Jean Bolland, Flemish Jesuit writer (b. 1596)
† 1690 – Peter Dens, Birth of Belgian Catholic theologian (d. 1775)
† 1912 – Death of Pierre-Hector Cardinal Coullie, Cardinal-Archbishop of Lyon
† 1942 – Free-Poland & Belgium asks pope to condemn nazi-war crimes
† 1960 – John F. Kennedy (a Roman catholic) avers he does not speak for the Roman Catholic Church, and neither does the Church speak for him.
(From the “On This Day” Blog Site
“Today in Catholic History”
My reason and purpose for this section on my blog is to provide “scriptural confirmation” for our beliefs and doctrines, not to cause dissention or opposition with my fellow believers in Jesus Christ, yet not in union with the Roman Catholic Church. Whether God speaks to us through the “Bible”, or through “Tradition”, it is the Holy Spirit who inspires the “Word” from which all authentic tradition flows.
Tradition can be separated into two aspects: oral and behavioral. Oral tradition includes written forms. After all, it ALL started with oral tradition. Behavioral tradition includes Baptism, Eucharist or Lord’s Supper, Laying on of hands for healing, Intercessory prayer, and Ordination.
All Scriptural verses are taken from both the Revised Standard Version: Catholic Edition of the Holy Bible and the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
“Each man’s work will become manifest; for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work which any man has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:13-15) RSV.
“Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire” (1 Corinthians 3:13-15) KJV.
This feast is a counterpart to the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (January 3); both have the possibility of uniting people easily divided on other matters.
The feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary began in Spain in 1513 and in 1671 was extended to all of Spain and the Kingdom of Naples. In 1683, John Sobieski, king of Poland, brought an army to the outskirts of Vienna to stop the advance of Muslim armies loyal to Mohammed IV in Constantinople. After Sobieski entrusted himself to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he and his soldiers thoroughly defeated the Muslims. Pope Innocent XI extended this feast to the entire Church.
Mary always points us to God, reminding us of God’s infinite goodness. She helps us to open our hearts to God’s ways, wherever those may lead us. Honored under the title “Queen of Peace,” Mary encourages us to cooperate with Jesus in building a peace based on justice, a peace that respects the fundamental human rights (including religious rights) of all peoples.
“Lord our God, when your Son was dying on the altar of the cross, he gave us as our mother the one he had chosen to be his own mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary; grant that we who call upon the holy name of Mary, our mother, with confidence in her protection may receive strength and comfort in all our needs” (Marian Sacramentary, Mass for the Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary).
Saint of the Day: Lives, Lessons, and Feast
By Leonard Foley, O.F.M.;
revised by Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.
(From http://www.americancatholic.org website)
12. Witnessing to the good yet to come and obligated to acquire purity of heart because of the vocation they have embraced, they should set themselves free to love God and their brothers and sisters.
13. As the Father sees in every person the features of his Son, the firstborn of many brothers and sisters, so the Secular Franciscans with a gentle and courteous spirit accept all people as a gift of the Lord and an image of Christ.
A sense of community will make them joyful and ready to place themselves on an equal basis with all people, especially with the lowly for whom they shall strive to create conditions of life worthy of people redeemed by Christ.