Did you know that today, September 12, marks the Feast Day of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary?
A counterpart to the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus, the Feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary actually began in Spain way back in 1513. However, it was only a century after—in the year 1683 under the leadership of Pope Innocent XI—when the feast was officially extended to the entire Catholic Church.
According to various readings, Pope Innocent XI declared a day of prayer to the Blessed Virgin to seek her intercession in the siege that was happening in the city. At the time in 1683, Turkish forces have started to force their way through Hungary and Vienna, threatening the leadership of Emperor Leopold I and the widespread practice of Christendom across the cities.
Despite fearing the fact that Turkish forces have already outnumbered their armies, Christian leaders held on to faith and continuously prayed to the Blessed Virgin. Believing in the powerful intercession of the Mother of God, the Polish king called upon the soldiers, and with the cry, “Jesus and Mary,” he instructed them to fall upon the enemy. This, in turn, confused the Turks—and in the middle of the fight, they were led to wild disorder. In the end, it paved the way for the Christians’ glorious victory. (Read: 3 Miraculous Events in History That Are Attributed to Mama Mary)
Today, Christians across the world celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary every 12th of September to commemorate this miraculous event that occurred in 1683. True enough, the most powerful intercession comes from the Mother of God!
Prayer in Honor of the Name of Mary
O great Mother of God and my Mother Mary, it is true that I am unworthy to name thee; but thou, who lovest me and desirest my salvation, must, notwithstanding the impurity of my tongue, grant that I may always invoke thy most holy and powerful name in my aid, for thy name is the succor of the living, and the salvation of the dying. Ah, most pure Mary, most sweet Mary, grant that henceforth thy name may be the breath of my life. O Lady, delay not to help me when I invoke thee, for in all the temptations which assail me, and in all my wants, I will never cease calling upon thee, and repeating again and again, Mary, Mary. Thus it is that I hope to act during my life, and more particularly at death, that after that last struggle I may eternally praise thy beloved name in heaven, O clement, O pious, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Ah, Mary, most amiable Mary, with what consolation, what sweetness, what confidence, what tenderness, is my soul penetrated in only naming, in only thinking of thee! I thank my Lord and God, who, for my good, has given thee a name so sweet and deserving of love, and at the same time so powerful. But, my sovereign Lady, I am not satisfied with only naming thee, I wish to name thee with love: I desire that my love may every hour remind me to call on thee, so that I may be able to exclaim with St. Bonaventure, “O name of the Mother of God, thou art my love.” My own dear Mary, O my beloved Jesus, may your most sweet names reign in my heart, and in all hearts. Grant that I may forget all others to remember, and always invoke, your adorable names alone. Ah! Jesus my Redeemer, and my Mother Mary, when the moment of death comes when I must breathe forth my soul and leave this worid, deign, through your merits, to grant that I may then pronounce my last words, and that they may be, “I love thee, O Jesus; I love thee, O Mary; to you do I give my heart and my soul.” Amen
A prayer written by St. Alphonsus de Ligouri.