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Friday, September 12, 2008

September 12th - The Most Holy Name of Mary (Feast)

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.

1 comment:

Deacon John said...

Hi Pat, I think John Paul II brought this Feast back to an optional memorial cause it was suppressed after the Vatican II changes. Anyway here's what I wrote about The Holy Name of Mary on my blog: http://deaconjohn1987.blogspot.com/2008/09/most-holy-name-of-mary-is-thy-name-mary.html take a look!