Category Archives: Blessed Virgin Mary

Annunciation Mass

U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke heads the Vatican’s highest court — the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature. He is pictured at the Vatican in a 2010 file photo. (CNS photo/Catholic Press Photo) (May 30, 2012) See VATICAN-COURT May 30, 2012.

Solemnity of the Annunciation: Cardinal Burke to offer Mass

St. Mary Church, Greenwich, CT, 11:00 a.m., Solemn Pontifical Mass at the Throne, His Emminence Raymond Cardinal Burke, celebrant.

Prayer for a 9/11 Remembrance

ns-de-doloresMost holy Mary, we come to you with sadness in our hearts as we remember those who have gone before us, most especially those who fell victim to the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001.
 
Approaching you with unlimited confidence in the power of your intercession, and urged by the charity of Jesus Christ, we raise our hearts in supplication to you, the compassionate Mother of all believers, in favor of those suffering souls. Make our prayers to be of good effect and obtain, through your motherly intercession, the power to move the Heart of Jesus our Redeemer. Let your incomparable holiness supply the defects of our misery, may your love make good our languid affection, and may your power strengthen our weakness.
 
Grant, O Queen of Heaven, that the ardent desire of the souls of the departed to be admitted to the Beatific Vision may soon be satisfied. Grant that one day, when we are all reunited in heaven, we may be able to rejoice in the possession of God, in the happiness of your presence, in the fellowship of all the Saints, thanking you forever for all the blessings you have obtained for us, O Mother, who art our unfailing comfort. Amen.
 
Three Hail Mary’s
 
V. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord
R. And let perpetual light shine upon them.
 
V. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.

Mary’s Assumption into Heaven

OL Assumption ACastagno(Vatican Radio) On August 15th each year, the Catholic Church remembers the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven.  Different traditions hold that the Virgin Mary left this earthly life between three and fifteen years after Christ’s death and Resurrection.  She was assumed into heaven, accounts say, as she reposed in eternal sleep – either in Jerusalem or in Ephesus, in modern day Turkey.

Early accounts from the Holy Land reported that a Christian cult venerating Christ’s mother had grown up around a place on Jerusalem’s Mount Zion, just south of the Old City walls.  The spot, known from early times as Hagia Maria, continues to this day to be the site of prayers to Our Lady.  Today, Benedictine monks care for the Catholic Church of the Dormition built there, over the ruins of a series of early Christian shrines.

Tracey McClure sat down with the noted scholar and author Fr. Peter Stravinskus, who has led us on reflections on the holy sites in the land of Christ’s birth – to ask him his thoughts on this Jerusalem shrine, celebrating the Virgin’s death and Assumption into heaven…

Listen to Tracey McClure’s conversation with Fr. Peter Stravinskus