What's in a name?
Today we celebrate The Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pope Innocent XI set up the feast of the Holy Name of Mary to be celebrated throughout the Church in 1683, to thank her for the victory which the Catholic army under John Sobieski, King of Poland, gained over the Turks, who were trying to sack the city of Vienna. Before the battle, John Sobieski placed his troops under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This feast was taken off of the calendar back in 1969, and then in 2002, John Paul II put it back on the church’s calendar.
We honor the Blessed Virgin Mary’s name because she is the Mother of God, the Mother of Mercy, and the Holy Queen of Heaven and Earth. This celebration commemorates all the privileges given to Mary by God, and all the graces we have received through her intercession and mediation. So today, this feast of the Holy Name of Mary, we praise her greatness and seek her aid at the invocation of her holy name. God bless and stay safe!
Fr. Steve Breck
Pastor, St. Mary Magdalene