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The Most Holy Name of Mary
September 12, 2016
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 12 of September, repeating indefinitely
In accordance with Jewish custom our Lady’s parents named her eight days after her birth, and were inspired to call her Mary. The feast of the Holy Name of Mary therefore follows that of her Birthday, as the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus follows Christmas. This feast originated in Spain and was approved by the Holy See in 1513; Innocent XI extended its observance to the whole Church in 1683. This was in thanksgiving to our Lady for the victory of John Sobieski, king of Poland, over the Turks, who were besieging Vienna and threatening the West. The Hebrew name of Mary means lady or sovereign; this Mary is in virtue of her Son’s sovereign authority as Lord of the World. We call Mary our Lady as we call Jesus our Lord, and when we pronounce her name we affirm her power, implore her aid and place ourselves under her protection.