Today is the feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, which is based on St Catherine Labouré’s vision of Mary in Paris in 1830.
The Miraculous Medal is worn by millions of Catholics around the world. It is believed to bring special graces at the hour of death through Mary’s intercession.
And the priest received her, and kissed her, and blessed her, saying: The Lord has magnified thy name in all generations. In thee, on the last of the days, the Lord will manifest His redemption to the sons of Israel.
And he set her down upon the third step of the altar, and the Lord God sent grace upon her; and she danced with her feet, and all the house of Israel loved her.
- Infancy Gospel of James
Mary and Zechariah the High Priest in the temple of Jerusalem, painted by Franz Joseph Spiegler.
Today is the feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple.
The feast is based on a story from the apocryphal Infancy Gospel of James, which tells us that Mary’s parents brought their young daughter to the temple in Jerusalem to consecrate her to God. She remained there until puberty.
The painting by Tinteretto shows Mary climbing the steps of the temple, while the high priest awaits her.
Nuestra Señora del Rosario
Today is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, which has been celebrated in the Catholic Church since the 1570s.
Fiestas de la Merced
The cover of the 1957 program of the festival of the Virgin of Merced, the patroness of Barcelona.
Today is the feast of Our Lady of Radsom, the patroness of the Mercedarian Order.
She is also the patroness of Barcelona, where her feast was first celebrated.
Today is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Devotion to Mary’s sorrows dates back to the high Middle Ages, when popular piety began to focus on the sufferings of Christ and his Mother.
Traditionally Mary’s sorrows were commemorated on two different feasts: on the Friday of Passion Week and on 15 September. In 1969 the first feast was taken off the calendar of the Catholic Church, so now only today’s feast remains.
Today is the feast of the Holy Name of Mary, four days after her birthday.
The feast has been celebrated by Catholics since 1684. It was added to the Church calendar to commemorate the victory over the Ottomans at the Battle of Vienna in 1683.
O gracious Child, in your happy birth you gladdened Heaven, cheered the world and terrified hell; you brought solace to the fallen, new hope to the dejected, healing to the sick, joy to all.
- Prayer for the feast of Mary’s Nativity
Today is the feast of Mary’s Nativity. The birthday of Mary was first celebrated in Jerusalem in the 5th century. From there the custom gradually spread to the universal Church.
The nativity scene above is a detail from the 15th century Buxtehunder altar, Germany.