PopeWatch: Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church

Well, I think we can all agree on this:


The Monday after Pentecost will from now on be celebrated as the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of the Church, Pope Francis has declared.

In a decree issued on Saturday by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Robert Sarah wrote that the new celebration will “help us to remember that growth in the Christian life must be anchored to the Mystery of the Cross, to the oblation of Christ in the Eucharistic Banquet and to the Mother of the Redeemer and Mother of the Redeemed, the Virgin who makes her offering to God.”

The Memorial will appear in all calendars and liturgical books for the celebration of the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.

The Marian title “Mother of the Church” has grown in popularity in recent decades. Pope Paul VI solemnly bestowed the title on Mary at the end of the Second Vatican Council, although it had previously been used by Benedict XIV and Leo XIII.

Go here to read the rest.  Humanity’s sole boast can never have too much veneration, and one does not have to be Catholic to understand that:


Ah, Mary pierced with sorrow,
Remember, reach and save
The soul that comes to-morrow
Before the God that gave!
Since each was born of woman,
For each at utter need—
True comrade and true foeman—
Madonna, intercede!

Rudyard Kipling




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  1. Medjugore celebrates Mary’s birthday August 5th making the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION November 5th and disabling the authority of the Church in the matter as well as obliterating the importance of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION as Mary the Mother of God.
    The memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church seems to bury Mary as dead and forgotten, her IMMACULATE CONCEPTION, her CONSECRATED VIRGINITY, and her SUBLIMATION TO THE WILL OF GOD all seem less in memorial rather than in feast day.

  2. “can anything good come out of” the new church?

    In the hands of the current powers that be all over the church, how long before this turns into some kind feminist rally?

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