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
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.
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.
Come from Lebanon my bride, come from Lebanon: you will be crowned.
Today is the feast of Mary’s Queenship, which celebrates Mary’s glorious coronation as the Queen of Heaven.
The feast was introduced in 1954. It is celebrated exactly one week after the feast of the Assumption.