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Category:Holy Name of Mary
----excerpt from Lives of the Saints,1894
by Alban Butler, Benziger Brothers edition, 1894
September 12 - THE FESTIVAL OF THE HOLY NAME OF MARY
THIS festival was appointed by Pope Innocent XI., that on it the faithful may be called upon in a particular manner to recommend to, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, the necessities of Church, and to return Him thanks for His gracious protection and numberless mercies. What gave occasion to the institution of this feast was a solemn thanksgiving for the relief of Vienna when it was besieged by the Turks in 1683. If we desire to deprecate the divine anger, justly provoked by our sins, with our prayers, we must join the tears of sincere compunction with a perfect conversion of our manners. The first grace we should always beg of is that will bring us to the disposition of condign penance. Our supplications for the divine mercies, and our thanksgivings for benefits received, will only thus be rendered acceptable. By no other means can we deserve the blessing of, or be recommended to it by the patronage of His holy mother. To the invocation of Jesus it is a pious and wholesome practice to join our application to the Blessed Virgin, that, through her intercession, we may more easily and more abundantly obtain the effects of our petitions. In this sense devout souls pronounce, with great affection and confidence, the holy names of Jesus and Mary.
(In 2002, Pope John Paul II restored the Feast Day to September 12.)
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