Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today’s “Memorial” (liturgically speaking) of the “Feast of the Holy Name of Mary” is listed on my Catholic Calendar, but it is not too well known, if known at all, to many Catholics perhaps. Here is one explanation of this Feast:
The Story of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This feast is a counterpart to the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus; 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 of 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 of all peoples. See HERE
Besides the link given above there are other references to the Feast on the internet with some beautiful quotes from the saints. I hope anyone who reads this thread will reverently invoke the name of our Mother today, especially in praying her Rosary. Our Lady of Fatima asked three little shepherd children to pray the daily Rosary and taught them to pray these words after each decade:
O my Jesus, pardon us and save us from the fires of hell. Draw all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Your Mercy.
Let us please pray through the intercession of Mary, Mother and Model of the Church, that the Lord may have mercy on us all.