FEAST OF THE HOLY NAME OF MARY
THE FEAST OF THE 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 honour the name of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It has been a universal Roman Rite feast since 1684, when Pope Innocent XI included it in the General Roman Calendar to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Vienna in 1683.
Meaning of the name
In Hebrew, the name Mary is Miryam. In Our Lady’s time, Aramaic was the spoken language, and the form of the name then in use was Mariam. In the book, The Wondrous Childhood of the Most Holy Mother of God, St. John Eudes offers meditations on seventeen interpretations of the name “Mary,” taken from the writings of “the Holy Fathers and by some celebrated Doctors”. The name of Mary is venerated because it belongs to the Mother of God.
Meanings ascribed to Mary’s name by the early Christian writers and perpetuated by the Greek Fathers include: “Bitter Sea,” “Myrrh of the Sea,” “The Light Giver,” “The Enlightened One,” “The Light Giver,” and especially “Star of the Sea.” Stella Maris was by far the favored interpretation. These etymologies suppose that the Hebrew form of the name is Maryãm, not Miryãm. The Hebrew name of Mary, Miryãm, (in Latin Domina) means lady or sovereign.
Mary’s name occurs in the first part and in the second part of the Hail Mary.
At Rome, one of the twin churches at the Forum of Trajan is dedicated to the Name of Mary (Santissimo Nome di Maria al Foro Traiano).
The feast is a counterpart to the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (January 3). Its object is the Blessed Virgin Mary; the feast commemorates all the privileges given to Mary by God and all the graces received through her intercession and mediation.
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.
The feast day began in 1513 as a local celebration in Cuenca, Spain, celebrated on 15 September. In 1587 Pope Sixtus V moved the celebration to 17 September. Pope Gregory XV extended the celebration to the Archdiocese of Toledo in 1622. In 1666 the Discalced Carmelites received permission to recite the Divine Office of the Name of Mary four times a year. In 1671 the feast was extended to the whole Kingdom of Spain.
Before the Battle of Vienna in 1683, John III Sobieski had placed his troops under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In the following year, to celebrate the victory, Pope Innocent XI added the feast to the General Roman Calendar, assigning to it the Sunday within the octave of the Nativity of Mary.
The reform of Pope Pius X in 1911 restored to prominence the celebration of Sundays in their own right, after they had been often replaced by celebrations of the saints. The celebration of the Holy Name of Mary was therefore moved to 12 September. Later in the same century, the feast was removed from the General Roman Calendar in 1969 in the reform of the Calendar by Pope Paul VI, as something of a duplication of the 8 September feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, but it did not cease to be a recognized feast of the Roman Rite, being mentioned in the Roman Martyrology on 12 September. In 2002 Pope John Paul II restored the celebration to the General Roman Calendar.
From the writings of the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta
The Queen of Heaven in the Kingdom of the Divine Will.
The Dawn that rises to put to Flight the Night of the Human Will: Her Glorious Birth
The soul to the Queen of Heaven:
Here I am, O holy Mama, near your cradle, to be spectator of your prodigious birth. The heavens are stupefied, the Sun is fixed upon You with its light, the earth exults with joy and feels honored to be inhabited by its little newborn Queen, and the Angels compete among themselves to be around your cradle, to honor You and to be ready for your every wish. Everyone honors You and wants to celebrate your birth. I too unite myself with all, and prostrate before your cradle – where I see, as though enraptured, your mother Anne and your father Joachim – I want to tell You my first word; I want to entrust to You my first secret. I want to empty my heart into yours, and say to You: “My Mama, You who are the dawn, herald of the Divine Fiat upon the earth, O please, put to flight the gloomy night of the human will within my soul and in the whole world! Ah, yes, may your birth be our hope which, like a new dawn of grace, regenerates us in the Kingdom of the Divine Will!”
Lesson of the Newborn Queen:
Child of my Heart, my birth was prodigious; no other birth can be said to be similar to mine. I enclosed in Myself the heaven, the Sun of the Divine Will, and also the earth of my humanity – a blessed and holy earth, which enclosed the most beautiful flowerings. And even though I was just newly born, I enclosed the prodigy of the greatest prodigies: the Divine Will reigning in Me, which enclosed within Me a heaven more beautiful, a Sun more refulgent than those of Creation, of which I was also Queen, as well as a sea of graces without boundaries, which constantly murmured: “Love, love to my Creator…” My birth was the true dawn that puts to flight the night of the human will; and as I kept growing, I formed the daybreak and called for the brightest daylight, to make the Sun of the Eternal Word rise over the earth.
My child, come to my cradle to listen to your little Mama. As soon as I was born, I opened my eyes to see this low world, to go in search of all my children so as to enclose them within my Heart, give them my maternal love and, regenerating them to the new life of love and of grace, give them the step which would let them enter into the Kingdom of the Divine Fiat, which I possessed. I wanted to act as Queen and Mother, enclosing everyone in my Heart, to bring everyone to safety, and to give them the great gift of the Divine Kingdom. In my Heart I had a place for everyone, because for one who possesses the Divine Will there are no constraints – only infinite expanses. I looked also at you, my child – no one escaped Me. And since on that day everyone celebrated my birth, it was also feast for Me. But upon opening my eyes to the light, I had the sorrow of seeing the creatures in the thick night of the human will.
Oh, what an abyss of darkness envelops the creature who lets herself be dominated by her will! It is the true night, but a night with no stars – with, at most, a few fleeting lightnings – lightnings easily followed by thunders which, in roaring, thicken the darkness even more, and unload the storm over the poor creature – storms of fear, of weakness, of danger, of falling into evil.
My poor Heart was pierced in seeing my children in this horrible storm, in which the night of the human will had overwhelmed them.
Now listen to your little Mama: I am still in the cradle, I am little – look at the tears I shed for you! Every time you do your will, it is a night that you form for yourself; and if you knew how much this night harms you, you would cry with Me! It makes you lose the light of the day of the Holy Will; it turns you upside down; it paralyzes you to good; it breaks true love in you, and you remain like a poor ill one, who lacks the necessary things to be healed. Ah, my child, dear child, listen to Me: never do your will; give Me your word that you will make your little Mama content.
Little holy Mama, I feel trembling in hearing of the ugly night of my will. Therefore I am here, at your cradle, to ask of You the grace that, by your prodigious birth, You make me be reborn in the Divine Will. I will be always near You, Celestial little Baby; I will unite my prayers and my tears to yours, to impetrate for myself and for all, the Kingdom of the Divine Will upon earth.
Today, to honor Me, you will come three times to visit Me in my cradle, saying to Me each time: “Celestial little Baby, make me be reborn together with You in the Life of the Divine Will.”
My little Mama, make the dawn of the Divine Will rise within my soul.
Titles of Our Lady THE NAME OF MARY
Titles of Our Lady THE NAME OF MARY
We see in the gospel of St. Luke that an angel announced the name Jesus was to bear Similarly the name of John, son of Zachary and Elizabeth, was announced by an angel. It would be surprising, then, if God would leave to chance or human discretion the name of the woman who was the chosen daughter of the Eternal Father, the mother of the Only Begotten Son, and the spouse of the Holy Spirit. According to the blessed Mary Agreda, an angel appeared to Joachim and Anne, revealing that they would have a daughter and that Mary should be her name. “Our chosen One shall be called MARY, and this name is to be powerful and magnificent. Those that shall invoke it with devout affection shall receive most abundant graces; those that shall honor it and pronounce it with reverence shall be consoled and vivified, and will find in it the remedy of their evils, the treasures for their enrichment, the light which shall guide them to heaven. It shall be terrible against the power of hell, it shall crush the head of the serpent and it shall win glorious victories over the princes of hell.”.
It is important to take advantage of this great help in our many needs. Let us pray that we will ever have the grace to invoke her name, so that we may avail ourselves of the benefits of her assistance. Particularly at the hour of death may her name be on our lips and in our hearts.
THE NAME OF MARY
A daughter who by divine disposition shall be called MARY.
A name of salvation..
A name so sweet, so loveable, so mighty.
A precious ointment, which breathes forth the odor of divine grace.
A remembrance of all her marvelous privileges, particularly of her divine motherhood. .
A sacrifice to God.
A tower of strength which not only delivers sinners from chastisement but also defends the just from the assaults of hell..
Abiding joy to the heart.
After the name of Jesus, there is no other in which men find so powerful assistance and salvation.
Amiable and gracious.
An effective weapon against the weakness of our own flesh, the allurements of the world, and the powers of hell.
As a celestial vision, it will show you the vanity of the pleasures and short-lived possession of this world.
As a ray of love, it will warm and purify your heart and make it capable of the greatest sacrifices.
Awesome and holy name of Mary.
Beautiful name of Mary.
Beloved of God.
Better than riches because it can better relieve poverty.
Comforts the afflicted.
Cannot be pronounced without bringing some grace to him who does so devoutly.
Encourages sinners, that they may not abandon themselves to despair.
Fellowship in holiness.
Filled with divine graces and blessings..
For people in the world, a devotion.
For preachers, a veneration.
For religious, a meditation.
For those who suffer, a consolation.
Gives particular strength to overcome temptation against purity.
Good angels approach nearer to just souls who pronounce her name with devotion.
Help of the living.
Holy name of Mary.
Honey in the mouth.
In all dangers, a protection.
It comforts us in the anguishes of this life.
It distills balm.
It radiates happiness.
Joy in the heart.
Key to the gates of heaven.
Kin to prophecy. .
Like a fortified tower in which, if a sinner takes refuge, he will be delivered from death; for it defends and saves even the most abandoned.
Like fluent oil, O Mary, is thy name.
Miriam of Nazareth.
Melody to the ear.
Most holy and most sweet name.
Most powerful name.
Music to the ear.
Name always sweet to say and sweet to think upon. .
Name carried by the angels.
Name fashioned in heaven.
Name of grace and charm. .
Name of life and hope.
Name recommended by the Gospel to men. .
Name so majestically beautiful and venerable.
Name so wonderful.
No disorder however malignant, that does not immediately yield to the power of the name of Mary.
Nor is there any other name given to men after that of Jesus, from which so much salvation is poured forth.
Ocean of the graces and gifts of the Divinity.
Ointment of salvation.
Our hope in dangers.
Our last utterance in death.
Our shield in temptation.
Powerful and magnificent.
Proclaimed in the whole universe.
Rebel angels fly from sinners who invoke the name of Mary.
Recalls those who have erred to the way of salvation.
Safeguard of the living.
Salutary to the reborn.
Salvation of all who invoke thee.
Salvation of the dying.
So majestically beautiful and venerable by her maternal grace.
So sweet and amiable that it cannot be pronounced without inflaming those who do so with love towards thee and God.
So sweet, so powerful, so lovely a name.
Softens the hardness of the human heart in a wonderful manner.
Sweet and holy name.
Sweet indeed to her clients during life, on account of the very great graces that she obtains for them.
Sweet name of Mary.
Sweet, pure name.
Sweeter than nectar and more precious than any jewel.
Terrible against the power of hell.
The adornment of modesty.
The hallmark of virginity.
The name of Mary is an indication of chastity.
The name of the chosen virgin was “Mary”.
The name of this most blessed virgin has such efficacy that, if it is only pronounced, the heart will be wonderfully softened.
The ocean of the graces and gifts of the Divinity..
The sign of chastity.
The very breath of life.
The virtue of hospitality.
This powerful name has in it the virtue of obtaining help for him who invokes it devoutly.
Thy name is costly incense rising.
What sweetness also in the name of Mary.
While time lasts, thy name shall never be forgotten.
Your name exhales a perfume that embalms the heart and comforts the soul.
Your name is preached in churches and chapels, in cloisters, in fields, in deserts.
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