Sept 12 - Feast of the Name of Mary

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. This feast day was established by Pope Innocent XI upon the victory of Christian forces against the Moslems beseiging Vienna in 1683.

The honored name of the Virgin Mary, which is said to mean “Star of the Sea,” is most fitting for the Virgin Mother. She may well be compared to a star; for, as a star beams forth its rays without any diminution of its own luster, so too the Virgin gave birth to a Son with no loss to her virginity.

We venerate the name of Mary because it belongs to her who is the Mother of God, the holiest of creatures, the Queen of Heaven and Earth, the Mother of Mercy.

The feast, after falling out of use after 1969, was restored to the Roman Calendar by Pope John Paul II when the third typical edition of the Missal was published in 2000.

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Praise the Sacred Virgin!

Dear CountrySteve,

Thanks for your reply. Yes, praise is due to her who is so united to God! As we use the word “sacred” to denote anything which is “holy and consecrated to God”; speaking of the Virgin Mary who bore the Infinite Word of God in her womb and gave Jesus to the world – how fitting it is to use that word to describe her! She is wholly given to His Will, from the beginning of her own existence in the womb of St. Anne, sinless and prepared from the beginning of creation in the mind of God, to be Mother of God, and our Mother and Model.

The Name of Mary is powerful against the evil one who is ever ready to make war against her children, as we read in Chapter 12 of the Book of Revelation:

…The the dragon was angry with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her offspring, on those who keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus…

Jesus and Mary are interceding for us before our Heavenly Father, and we invoke their names with great love and reverence knowing that they love us more than we can imagine.

O Jesus living in Mary, come and live in Thy servants. In the spirit of Thy holiness, in the fullness of Thy might, in the truth of Thy virtues, in the perfection of Thy ways, in the communion of Thy mysteries. Subdue every hostile power in Thy spirit, for the glory of the Father. Amen

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

The Holy Name of Mary

**The great name of Mary did not come to her from
her parents. And it was not given to her by the mind
or will of man, as is the case with other names that are
imposed in this world… “The name of Mary came
from the treasure house of God,” according to Richard
of Saint Lawrence. “Your exalted and admirable name,
O Mary, came from the treasure house of God because
all the Persons in the Blessed Trinity bestowed on you a
name that is superior to every other name except that
of your Son.” And they ennobled it with such majesty
and power that whenever it was heard, all who were
in heaven, on earth, or in hell, would bend their knees
and reverence it…As regards the course of our life,
the holy anchorite Honorius used to say that “this name
of Mary is full of every kind of sweetness and divine
flavor.” Saint Anthony of Padua found in Mary’s name
the same sweetness which Saint Bernard found in that
of Jesus, “Name of Jesus!” exclaimed the one. “Name
of Mary!” replied the other…

We gather from the sacred Canticles that when our
Lady was assumed into heaven the angels asked her
name three times. Who is this coming up the desert,
like a column of smoke?
** (Cant 3:6). Again: Who is
this that comes forth like the dawn?
(Cant 6:10). And
again: *Who is this coming up from the desert, leaning
upon her lover? *(Cant 8:5). “Why?” asks Richard of Saint
Lawrence, “do the angels ask so often for this Queen’s
name?” His answer: “Because the name of Mary is so
sweet even to the angels, they desire to hear it over
and over again.”

~Saint Alphonsus Liguori~

Peace, Mark

Notably the Dominican Order holds the Holy Name of Our Lady in such a high regard that they have a practice of bowing their head when it is mentioned at the Holy Masses of their Rite. Cf. (Page 17 of 53)

If a genuflection is called for (for example, at Christmas), he rests his hands on the altar and bends the knee toward the book. Whenever he pronounces the Name of Jesus or of Mary, he bows his head.

This is similar to the way the Second Council of Lyon (AD 1272-1274) by Pope Blessed Gregory X called the faithful to bow their heads always when the Holy Name of Our Lord is mentioned:

Each should fulfil in himself that which is written for all that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow; whenever that glorious name is recalled, especially during the sacred mysteries of the mass, everyone should bow the knees of his heart, which he can do even by a bow of his head.

Dear Mark,

Thanks for your reply and for the lovely quote from St. Alphonsus Ligouri. The wisdom of the saints is such a treasure for all of us! They listened so well to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit, and learned from Him all the Love of Jesus for His Mother Whom He gave to us from His Cross. May we, like all the saints, call on her sweet name often, as her loving sons and daughters.

Dear Glacies,

Yes, the Dominican Order has particularly great devotion to Mary and holds her name in great reverence. Thanks for your reply and the references in your post. May we reverence the sweet names of Jesus and Mary always!

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