Mary Through the Liturgical Year

Mary Through the Liturgical Year August 15, 2023

“God, Who made the sun, also made the moon. The moon does not take away from the brilliance of the sun. The moon would be only a burnt-out cinder floating in the immensity of space, were it not for the sun. All its light is reflected from the sun. The Blessed Mother reflects her Divine Son; without Him, she is nothing. With Him, she is the Mother of Men. On dark nights we are grateful for the moon; when we see it shining, we know there must be a sun. So in this dark night of the world when men turn their backs on Him Who is the Light of the World, we look to Mary to guide their feet while we await the sunrise.”-Fulton Sheen, The World’s First Love

Over the years Holy Mother Church has given us feast days, titles and dogmas about Our Blessed Mother Mary.
Over the years this woman is remembered from her mentions in scripture and the prayers that Christians recite daily
to ask for her intercession before her son for our continue need of having God close in our lives.
Over the years she has left her heavenly home to physically visit her children in this realm on earth.

Over the course of the liturgical year we remember her in some way shape or form.

The Virgin in Prayer, by Sassoferratoc. 1650

The Month of Mary is May.
The Month of the Rosary is October.
The First Saturday of each Month is also dedicated to Marian Devotions.

Singing the Four Seasonal Marian Anthems (

Here are the main ways we as Catholics remember her
and some of the interesting corresponding historical events
both secular and religious that happen
on a particular Marian celebration day.

NOTE: Some descriptions of feast days come from Wikipedia.

 January 1: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

The world at large begins the year with New Years Day on January 1.
Catholics begin the new year with celebrating the feast the Blessed Virgin Mother Mary being the Mater Dei,  Θεοτόκος (Theotokos), “Bearer of God” or simply “Mother of God”. This was defined at the First Council of Ephesus (431) as an assertion of the divinity of Christ.

Other Events that happened on this day include…

January 8: Our Lady of Prompt Succor

Our Lady of Prompt Succor is one of the various titles of the Theotokis. Prompt Succor is associated with the Madonna and Child in the form of a  wooden devotional image that you can find enshrined in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America. The sacred image was given papal approval by Pope Pius IX on June 21, 1894. Prompt Succor is tied to   Mother Saint Michel, the Superior of the New Orleans Ursulines.

Other Events that happened on this day include…


February 2: Presentation of the Lord

(4th Joyful Mystery)

40 days after Christmas on Candlemas we celebrate Jesus being brought to the temple by his mom and dad.
It is also known as the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin,  and the Meeting of the Lord.
This has to do with Jewish law concerning a woman who gave birth and the ceremony of ritual purification that accompanies it on this day.

Other Events that happened on this day include…

  • 1585 – The Shakespeare twins Judith Quiney (baptised February 2, 1585 –February  9, 1662), William Shakespeare’s youngest daughter and  Hamnet Shakespeare (baptised February 2, 1585 – buried 11 August 11, 1596) William Shakespeare’s only son were born.
  • 1887 – In Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, the first Groundhog Day is observed.

February 11Our Lady of Lourdes

1858 – St. Bernadette Soubirous‘s first vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary occurs in Lourdes, France.

The Marian song “Immaculate Mary” is the Lourdes Hymn. The earliest and most popular version of the song was written  in 1873 by the French  seminary director Fr. Jean Gaignet.  He wrote it for pilgrims to what is today Our Lady of Lourdes shrine. It was set to a traditional French tune and contained  eight measly verses;  but he later expanded it to a whopping 120 verses.

The Song of Bernadette film is released in theaters on December 21, 1943, based on the 1941 novel by Franz Werfel.

Other Events that happened on this day include…

March 25: Annunciation

1st Joyful Mystery

Now the generation of Christ was in this wise. When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child, of the Holy Ghost.  Whereupon Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing publicly to expose her, was minded to put her away privately.

But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared to him in his sleep, saying: Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost.21 And she shall bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name JESUS. For he shall save his people from their sins.

Now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which the Lord spoke by the prophet, saying:  Behold a virgin shall be with child, and bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.—Matthew 1:18–23

Other Events that happened on this day include…

  • 708 – Pope Constantine becomes the 88th pope. He would be the last pope to visit Constantinople until 1967.
  • 1347 – St. Catherine of Siena, Italian philosopher, theologian, and saint (d. 1380) is born.
  • 1634– The settlement of Maryland is established.

 April 22 Our Lady of Akita

Our Lady of Akita (Japanese: 秋田の聖母マリア) is a title of the Blessed Virgin Mary associated with the Marian apparitions reported in 1973 by Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa in the remote area of Yuzawadai, an outskirt of Akita, Japan. Jimmy Akin gives us the lowdown on this apparition in Mysterious World Style.

Other Events that happened on this day include…

May 13: Our Lady of Fatima

1917 – Three children report the first apparition of Our Lady of Fátima in Fátima, Portugal.

Fatima – Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World – YouTube
The Third Secret of Fatima – Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World – YouTube
The Third Secret of Fatima Theories – Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World – YouTube

Other Events that happened on this day include…

May 31 (in some locations July 2):
 The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

2nd Joyful Mystery

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be[a] a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”— Luke 1:42–45

Other Events that happened on this day include…

  • May 311857 – Pope Pius XI (d. 1939) is born.
  • 1971 – In accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1968, observation of Memorial Day occurs on the last Monday in May for the first time, rather than on the traditional Memorial Day of May 30.
Visitation by Raphael, c. 1517

Monday after Pentecost:
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church

Mother of the Church (LatinMater Ecclesiae) is a title given to Mary in the Catholic Church, as in 1964. The title first r.[1] It was also [2] and then by Pope Leo XIII in 1885.[3][4] and Pope Francis inserted a feast by this title into the Roman Calendar In 2018.

Our Lady of Emmetsburg

This feast was celebrated on May 28, 1950

Other Events that happened on this day include…

June 27: Our Mother of Perpetual Help

This particular title of the Blessed Mom is associated with a fifteenth—century Byzantine icon and a reputed Marian apparition. The image has been enshrined in the Church of San Matteo in Via Merulana since  March 27, 1499, and is today permanently enshrined in the Church of Saint Alphonse of Liguori, where the official Novena to Our Mother of Perpetual Help text is prayed weekly.

Other Events that happened on this day include…

July 16: Our Lady of Mount Carmel

1251 – Celebrated by the Carmelite Order as the day when Saint Simon Stock had a vision of the Virgin Mary regarding the Brown Scapular.

My wife is going to be soon taking her final promises as a lay Carmelite. Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the official title given to the Blessed Virgin Mary as her role as patroness of the Carmelite Order.

 Ode to An Imperfect Carmelite | Kristin Wilson (

Other Events that happened on this day include…

August 5: Saint Mary Major
(Santa Maria Maggiore; also known as Saint Mary of the Snows)

The Basilica of Saint Mary Major  is a Major papal basilica as well as one of the Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome and the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome, Italy. Our Lady of the Snows is  a reference to a legendary story about the foundation of the basilica involving the Roman patrician John and his wife who prayed about how to give their possessions to the virgin Mary and they received a sign in the form of snow falling in the summertime.

The story of the miraculous healing of a young Catholic pilgrim on August 5 in Fatima during the World Youth Day festivities has recently been circulating widely in Catholic media. According to several news sources, the young teenaged Spanish pilgrim named Jimena, who lost 95% of her vision two years ago, had her sight miraculously restored while praying in the pews after receiving Holy Communion. Jimena has attributed this healing to Our Lady of the Snows, whose feast day is commemorated on the day she had her sight restored. According to Aleteia, she said that this grace was received after she had just completed a Novena in honor of Our Lady of the Snows. It is interesting that this particular event has been invoked in this instance, because Pope Francis has promoted this Marian devotion since the very beginning of his pontificate.
A Fatima miracle, the Pope, and Our Lady of the Snows – Where Peter Is

Other Events that happened on this day include…

 August 15:
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity)

The Fourth Glorious Mystery

The Assumption of Mary is one of the four Marian dogmas of the Catholic Church. Pope Pius XII defined it on 1 November 1950 in his apostolic constitution Munificentissimus Deus as follows:

We proclaim and define it to be a dogma revealed by God that the immaculate Mother of God, Mary ever virgin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven.

Other Events that happened on this day include…

August 17: Our Lady of Knock

Kristin at Knock

Other Events that happened on this day include…

August 22: The Queenship of Mary

The Fifth Glorious Mystery

Continuing his Marian feast day celebration creations, the Queenship of Mary was presented to the world  by Pope Pius XII  on  October 11,1954, the encyclical Ad caeli reginam.

1 day after the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1944 to be celebrated on  August 22. In 1969, Pope Paul VI moved the celebration of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to the Saturday, immediately after the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This means in practice that it is now held on the third Saturday after Pentecost. The IHOM feast day landed on August 22, 1968 on the future date of the QOM feast.

Other Events that happened on this day include…

September 8: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Nativity of Mary, Spain, 17th century

 Marymas Our Lady of Good Health

Our Lady of Good Health also known as Our Lady of Vailankanni, is yet another title given to Our Lady. It is believed that she has appeared twice in the town of VelankanniTamil NaduIndia, in the 16th to 17th centuries.

Other Events that happened on this day include…

  • 1276 – Pope John XXI (c. 1215 – 20 May 1277) is elected Pope (September 1276 to his death on 20 May 20,1277.) This pontiff has been the only Portuguese pope. He is sometimes identified with the logician and herbalist Peter of Spain  which would interestingly make him the only pope to have been a physician thereby making him a Doctor of the Church.
  • 1565 – St. Augustine, Florida is founded by Spanish admiral and Florida’s first governor, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés.
  • 2022 – Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom dies at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after reigning for 70 years. Her son Charles, Prince of Wales, ascends the throne upon her death as Charles III. 

September 12:
Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary has been a universal Roman Rite feast since 1684, when Pope Innocent XI included it in the General Roman Calendar to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Vienna in 1683. It was removed from the Church calendar in the liturgical reform following Vatican II but restored by St. Pope John Paul II in 2002, along with the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.

Other Events that happened on this day include…

September 15: Our Lady of Sorrows

Traditionally, the Seven Sorrows are:

  1. The Prophecy of Simeon in Luke 2;
  2. The Flight into Egypt in Matthew 2;
  3. The Loss of the Child Jesus in the Temple of Jerusalem, also in Luke 2;
  4. Mary meeting Jesus on the Via Dolorosa, the Fourth station of the Cross which is not found in Bible;
  5. The Crucifixion of Jesus on Mount Calvary in Matthew 27Mark 15Luke 23, and especially John 19;
  6. Jesus’s Descent from the Cross in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, and John 19;
  7. The Burial of Jesus by Joseph of Arimathea[2] also in Matthew 27, Mark 15, Luke 23, and John 19;

Other Events that happened on this day include…

September 19 Our Lady of La Salette

1846 – Two French shepherd children, Mélanie Calvat and Maximin Giraud, experience a Marian apparition on a mountaintop near La Salette, France, now known as Our Lady of La Salette 

Other Events that happened on this day include…

October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary

 Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary | Christ Cathedral in Anaheim – YouTube

 Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary from Rome | Digitally Remastered – YouTube

  Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary | Waimanalo Beach, Hawaii – YouTube

Other Events that happened on this day include…

November 21: The Presentation of Mary

Baby Mary’s parents and Jesus’s grandparents Sts. Joachim and Anne bring Mary to the temple to consecrate her to God.

Other Events that happened on this day include…

November 27
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Our Lady of Graces

The Miraculous Medal (French: Médaille miraculeuse), also known as the Medal of Our Lady of Graces, is a devotional medal, the design of which was originated by Catherine Labouré following her apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary  in the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal of Paris, France. It was made by goldsmith Adrien Vachette.

According to the teaching of the Catholic Church, the use of sacramentals such as this medal[4] prepares people to receive grace and disposes them to cooperate with it

Other Events that happened on this day include…

November 28 Our Lady of Kibeho

(157) Our Lady of Kibeho and the Rwandan Genocide – Jimmy Akin’s Mysterious World – YouTube

Other Events that happened on this day include…

December 8:
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Ineffabilis Deus (Latin for ‘Ineffable God’) is an apostolic constitution by Pope Pius IX. It defines the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The document was promulgated on December 8, 1854, the date of the annual Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and followed from a positive response to the encyclical Ubi primum.

Mary’s immaculate conception is a pronouncement made ex cathedra and is therefore considered by the Catholic Church to be infallible through the extraordinary magisterium.

Our Lady of Good Help Approval

OLOGH is the only approved apparition of Mary in the United States. This happen to Belgium born Adele Brise in 1859 in Champion, Wisconsin. It was approved on December 8, 2010, by Bishop David L. Ricken,

Other Events that happened on this day include…

December 10: Our Lady of Loreto

Unlike most other Marian feast days, Our Lady of Loreto doesn’t refer to an apparition or a Marian title. It refers to a building. Specifically, it refers to the humble home in which Mary grew up and the extraordinary measures God took to preserve it.
The Extraordinary Story of Loreto – Ascension Press Media

 Full Movie: Loreto: The Mystery of The Holy House – YouTube

Other Events that happened on this day include…

December 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe

Mary, the mother of Jesus, in the guise of Our Lady of Guadalupe, appears imprinted on the tilmàtli of St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, an Aztec convert to Catholicism, in Tepeyac near Mexico City. 

 8 Astounding Facts About Our Lady of Guadalupe | The Catholic Talk Show – YouTube

Other Events that happened on this day include…


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