Mary’s words are recorded in four passages in the Bible. Three of the four passages are from the Gospel of Luke: the Annunciation, when she speaks with the angel (Luke 1:34 and 38); her visit to Elizabeth, when Mary sings the psalm of praise known as the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55); and the time that Jesus is lost in the Temple and Mary admonishes him (Luke 2:48).
Every Sunday at 12 in the afternoon, the pope prays the Angelus with pilgrims that gather in St. Peter's Square. The Angelus recalls the moment of the Incarnation, when the angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary that she was to be the mother of Jesus. Since the days of the early Christians, it has been customary to remember this moment in the life of Virgin Mary. Learn more about the history of this great Christian tradition in this video!
Over 100,000 Catholics will gather at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Aug. 5 to celebrate and honor Our Lady of Guadalupe in a city where the image of the Virgin is everywhere. Andrew Walther, vice president of media and communications for the Knights of Columbus, said the free event is “a celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe and her role as the mother of all Catholics in America.”
Talking over dinner last night, my friend Robbie and I agreed that even though we live in a media-flooded world, with just about any information seconds away at our fingertips, it's almost always enriching to have a conversation with someone considerably older.
Do you wear a brown scapular? Do you know what it is? On 16 July, the Church celebrates the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Over 700 years ago, Our Lady gave the scapular to the Carmelite Order, making a promise to all who wear. Watch this video to learn more!
Over the years, scapulars have become more and more popular... but they actually date back to the 12th century to the Order of Carmelites. This small piece of fabric is a reminder of the long vestments Carmelites commonly wear. They're known for engaging in a life of deep prayer, for their committed devotion to the Virgin Mary and to the Church. Watch this video to learn the beautiful story behind the scapular!
Anne Catherine Emmerich had visions for most of her life. Many were on the life of the mother of Jesus. The stories are told in the book “The Hidden Life of the Virgin Mary”. It tells the story of the Virgin Mary's own birth and the early years of her life. It covers her wedding with Joseph, visits with her cousin Elizabeth, the birth of Jesus, the visit of the Magi and other passages that don't appear in the Bible.
On the last day of May, we celebrate the feast of the Visitation of Our Lady. In the first chapter of Luke's Gospel, we read how after the Angel Gabriel gave Mary the news that she was to bear God's Son, the Angel also told her that her elderly cousin Elizabeth was pregnant. Mary set out immediately to see her cousin, and when they met, the baby in Elizabeth's womb lept for joy. Today's feast day celebrates this moment! Watch this video reflection for more.
The month of May, dedicated to Mary, is a popular time to visit Rome's Marian street shrines. Take a look at this video published by Catholic News Service, on the street shrines dedicated to Mary throughout the city of Rome.
On 24th May, we celebrate the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians - Patroness of Australia, New Zealand and China. This feast day has been celebrated in Australia since 1844, but the history to this day dates back to the start of the 1800's.
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