BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH

Today we celebrate the first feast of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church!

It’s not often the Catholic Church adds a new feast day to it’s already jam-packed liturgical schedule. But, on March 3rd of this year, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, issued a decree announcing a new feast day “The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother Of The Church”.

The new feast day will be celebrated annually the Monday after Pentecost.

Mary’s title as “Mother of the Church,” is not a new one. It was originally given to the Blessed Mother by Bl. Pope Paul VI at the Second Vatican Council.

Pope Francis hopes this new feast day will promote “the maternal sense of the Church” and encourage people to pursue “genuine Marian piety.”

Happy feast day!

Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, ora pro nobis!

 

“This 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.”

-Cardinal Robert Sarah