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Why Does The Blessed Virgin Mary Always Wear Blue?

The Blessed Virgin Mary In A Blue Mantle.

​The color has multiple spiritual meanings, each revealing a different attribute of the Mother of God.
When viewing Christian art from the past thousand years or so, there is one color that is almost always associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary: blue.




Why is that? What significance does it have?
To start off, the color blue has deep biblical roots in the Old Testament. According to Dr. R. Jared Staudt, the color is specifically mentioned as the color of the people of Israel in the book of Numbers.
    Speak to the people of Israel, and bid them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put upon the tassel of each corner a cord of blue; and it shall be to you a tassel to look upon and remember all the commandments of the Lord, to do them, not to follow after your own heart and your own eyes, which you are inclined to go after wantonly. (Numbers 15:38-39)




For the people of Israel blue brings to mind the following of God’s Commandments, as opposed to a person’s selfish will.
This was perfectly lived out by the Blessed Mother who said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). She was the faithful “Daughter of Zion” who fulfilled the call of obedience that God had asked of the Israelites.
Additionally, Numbers indicated that “the Levites are to ‘spread over [the Ark of the Covenant] a cloth all of blue’ (4:6). And further: ‘And over the table of the bread of the Presence they shall spread a cloth of blue’ (4:7).”




Mary is traditionally referred to as the new Ark of the Covenant, as she held within herself the Divine Presence of God.
On the other hand, the Byzantine/Orthodox tradition of clothing Mary in blue has a different meaning.


Blue
in iconography represents transcendence, mystery, and the divine. It is the color of the sky and as a result is viewed as a heavenly color.


Red in contrast is seen as an earthly color, the color of blood.
Jesus is typically depicted in icons with a blue outer garment and a red inner garment, symbolizing how divinity wraps his humanity.


Mary on the other hand is seen with a red outer garment and a blue inner garment, representing how she carried divinity (Jesus) within her humanity.
When Mary appeared to Saint Juan Diego, she wore a blue-green mantel. 
According to the Knights of Columbus, “the star-speckled green-blue mantle symbolizes the heavens.


In addition, the mantle’s color indicates her royalty, since only the native emperors could wear cloaks of that color.”


So blue is a very important color in the artistic traditions of Christianity and has deep spiritual meanings that bring out different attributes of the Blessed Mother. It is a sacred color, one that reminds us of Mary’s faithfulness and her privileged role in salvations history.



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Why is the Blessed Virgin Mary always wearing blue? By Philip Kosloski For Aleteia.



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What Do Catholics Mean When We Call Mary “Ever Virgin”?

We as Catholics firmly believe that Mary is “ever virgin.” The Catechism asserts, “The deepening of faith in the virginal motherhood led the Church to confess Mary’s real and perpetual virginity even in the act of giving birth to the Son of God made man” (#499). Given this teaching, the perpetual virginity of Mary has traditionally been defended and examined in three parts: Mary’s conception of Christ (virginitas ante partum); her giving birth to Christ (virginitas in partu); and her remaining a virgin after the birth of Christ (virginitas post partum). This formulation was used by many of the early Church Fathers– St. Augustine, St. Peter Chrysologus, Pope St. Leo the Great, St. Gregory Nazianzus, and St. Gregory Nyssa. For example, the Catechism quotes St. Augustine’s elaboration: Mary “remained a virgin in conceiving her Son, a virgin in giving birth to Him, a virgin in carrying Him, a virgin in nursing Him at her breast, always a virgin” (#510).

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The Meaning Of The Mysterious Third Secret Of Fatima, According To Cardinal Ratzinger.

Blessed Virgin Mary


The Meaning of the Mysterious Third Secret of Fatima, According to Cardinal Ratzinger.

    

One of the most intriguing things about the Fatima apparitions of 1917 is the Mysterious Third Secret.


And one of the most trust-worthy guides to understanding it correctly is Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict XVI).


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Eucharistic Challenges! Homily For Corpus Christi, 2017 By Rev. Fr. Emma. N. Asogwa

INTRODUCTION: 

Permit me today to glide over the normal salivating eucharistic theologies (which abound in the sequence of today) that should normally ornament a homily of today’s sort and to focus immediately on the Challenges which a celebration like today’s naturally evoke.

This is because it would not be possible for us today, within the margined confines of our space and time, to accommodate all that could be said about the Eucharist.

Secondly, in talking about the challenges, we would have the leverage to reflect shortly on the theological background behind each eucharistic challenge. Hence our Theme! These challenges are hereby highlighted as appreciation, utilization, preparation/purification, imitation and communion! 

EUCHARISTIC CHALLENGES: 

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Facts Every Catholic Should Know About The Holy Mass & Eucharist: Read & Share

Every Catholic Should Know these facts about the Holy Mass and the Holy Eucharist. 

1. When the Eucharistic is being celebrated, the Sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar. ~St. John Chrysostom               

2. The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass. ~St. Augustine                           

3. If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy. ~St. Jean Vianney        

4. The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross. ~St. Thomas Aquinas                           

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(See Video) Blessed Virgin Mary Appears In Knock Ireland on 10th June 2017

According to Catholic.org, the footage is emotional and difficult to believe, but it is genuine and verified by the cameras of hundreds of other eyewitnesses. A crowd of people gathered in Knock, Ireland at 3 PM, June 10, saw a promised vision of the Virgin Mary in the sky.

The sun appeared as an elongated shape in the videos, not as a circle. Rays of light were also captured on camera. As clouds passed before the sun, filtering out the brightest light, people were able to look directly at the vision. They reported the vision moved, and spun, a classic miracle of the sun, often associated with apparitions of the Virgin Mary.

The sight alone is moving and astounding. There is no evidence on video that is so clearly genuine or so remarkable. But what makes this apparition even more compelling is that it was predicted by a 14-year-old boy.

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(See Video)The True Story Behind The Blessed Virgin Mary Statue Found Underwater In Philippines

Many of you must have seen this viral video of the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary underwater.

 

While some of you may be wondering where this is and the story behind it, many others are also spreading false news to its origin and purpose of being there.

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Feast Of The Visitation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary – May 31.

Ordinary Time: May 31st


Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


[The Visitation]
COLLECT PRAYER




Almighty ever-living God, who, while the Blessed Virgin Mary was carrying your Son in her womb, inspired her to visit Elizabeth, grant us, we pray, that, faithful to the promptings of the Spirit, we may magnify your greatness with the Virgin Mary at all times. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

The feast of the Visitation recalls to us the following great truths and events: The visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth shortly after the Annunciation; the cleansing of John the Baptist from original sin in the womb of his mother at the words of Our Lady’s greeting; Elizabeth’s proclaiming of Mary—under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost—as Mother of God and “blessed among women”; Mary’s singing of the sublime hymn, Magnificat (“My soul doth magnify the Lord”) which has become a part of the daily official prayer of the Church. The Visitation is frequently depicted in art, and was the central mystery of St. Francis de Sales’ devotions.

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The Mass of today salutes her who in her womb bore the King of heaven and earth, the Creator of the world, the Son of the Eternal Father, the Sun of Justice. It narrates the cleansing of John from original sin in his mother’s womb. Hearing herself addressed by the most lofty title of “Mother of the Lord” and realizing what grace her visit had conferred on John, Mary broke out in that sublime canticle of praise proclaiming prophetically that henceforth she would be venerated down through the centuries:

    “My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me, and holy is His name” (Lk. 1:46).
—Excerpted from the Cathedral Daily Missal.




This feast is of medieval origin, it was kept by the Franciscan Order before 1263, and soon its observance spread throughout the entire Church. 
Previously it was celebrated on July 2. Now it is celebrated between the solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord and the birth of St. John the Baptist, in conformity with the Gospel accounts. Some places appropriately observe a celebration of the reality and sanctity of human life in the womb. The liturgical color is white.


The Visitation.

And Mary rising up in those days went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah. [Lk. 1:39]

How lyrical that is, the opening sentence of St. Luke’s description of the Visitation. We can feel the rush of warmth and kindness, the sudden urgency of love that sent that girl hurrying over the hills. “Those days” in which she rose on that impulse were the days in which Christ was being formed in her, the impulse was his impulse.

Many women, if they were expecting a child, would refuse to hurry over the hills on a visit of pure kindness. They would say they had a duty to themselves and to their unborn child which came before anything or anyone else.

The Mother of God considered no such thing. Elizabeth was going to have a child, too, and although Mary’s own child was God, she could not forget Elizabeth’s need—almost incredible to us, but characteristic of her.

She greeted her cousin Elizabeth, and at the sound of her voice, John quickened in his mother’s womb and leapt for joy.

I am come, said Christ, that they may have life and may have it more abundantly. [Jn. 10, 10] Even before He was born His presence gave life.

With what piercing shouts of joy does this story of Christ unfold! First the conception of a child in a child’s heart, and then this first salutation, an infant leaping for joy in his mother’s womb, knowing the hidden Christ and leaping into life.

How did Elizabeth herself know what had happened to Our Lady? What made her realize that this little cousin who was so familiar to her was the mother of her God?

She knew it by the child within herself, by the quickening into life which was a leap of joy.

If we practice this contemplation taught and shown to us by Our Lady, we will find that our experience is like hers.

If Christ is growing in us, if we are at peace, recollected, because we know that however insignificant our life seems to be, from it He is forming Himself; if we go with eager wills, “in haste,” to wherever our circumstances compel us, because we believe that He desires to be in that place, we shall find that we are driven more and more to act on the impulse of His love.

And the answer we shall get from others to those impulses will be an awakening into life, or the leap into joy of the already wakened life within them.

-Excerpted
from The Reed of God, Caryll Houselander

Patronage: St. Elizabeth: Expectant mothers.

Symbols:
St. Elizabeth or Elisabeth: Pregnant woman saluting the Virgin; Elderly woman holding St. John Baptist; huge rock with a doorway in it; in company with St. Zachary.


Things to Do:



    Read Luke 1:39-47, the story of the Visitation. Read and meditate on the words of the Magnificat and the Hail Mary, two prayers from this feast. For those with children, depending on the ages, assign memorization for these prayers. Also discuss the meaning of the text as a family.

    This feast reminds us to be charitable to our neighbors. Try to assist some mother (expectant or otherwise), visit the elderly or sick, make a dinner for someone, etc. 

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The Story of Our Lady of Lourdes

On February 11, 1858 a 14 year-old girl named Bernadette Soubirous witnessed the first of 18 visions of her blessed Virgin Mary at a grotto near Lourdes, France.  The first apparition appeared when Bernadette was gathering wood with her sister and a friend.  Bernadette heard a noise like a gust of wind and looked up toward the grotto.  She described what she saw:  “I saw a lady dressed in white.  She wore a white dress, an equally white veil, a blue belt and a yellow rose on each foot.”

 Upon seeing the Lady, who had a Rosary draped over her right arm, Bernadette began praying the Rosary.  When the prayer ended the Lady suddenly vanished.  On a subsequent visit to the grotto, the lady spoke.  Bernadette asked the Lady to write down her name, and the Lady replied:  “It is not necessary,” and then added, “I do not promise to make you happy in this world, but in the next. Would you be kind enough to come here for a fortnight?”  In the weeks that followed, there were several more apparitions of the Lady at the grotto.

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I Have Doubts It’s The Blessed Virgin Mary That They See – Pope Francis

​While the investigations into the very first alleged apparitions at Medjugorje in must continue, Pope Francis said he has doubts about claims that Mary continues to appear in the village of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Asked May 13 about the authenticity of the Marian apparitions, which reportedly began in 1981, the pope referred to the findings of a commission chaired by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the retired papal vicar of Rome.

“The report has its doubts, but personally, I am a little worse,” the pope told reporters traveling with him from Fatima, Portugal. “I prefer Our Lady as mother, our mother, and not Our Lady as head of the post office who sends a message at a stated time.”

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​50 Days With The Holy Spirit (My Greatest Friend): Day 28

LET US BEGIN AND END EACH DAY TOGETHER

“How can you be so foolish you began by God’s Spirit; do you now want to finish by your own power?” (Gal. 3:2-3).

REFLECTION

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Is This a Photo of Fatima’s “Miracle of the Sun”? The Truth Behind the Popular Photo

This year is the 100th anniversary of one of the most amazing miracles of the 20th century: the spectacular “Miracle of the Sun” that occurred in front of tens of thousands in Fatima, Portugal.

Three poor children claimed that the Blessed Virgin Mary was appearing to them – and that she would perform a public miracle on October 13th, 1917 in a certain field.
That’s quite the claim, so when the day came the field was filled tens of thousands of people: believers, skeptics, journalists, and even photographers.

And then it happened: the Sun started spinning, then zig-zagging around the sky, and it gave off brilliant colors.
So did anyone get a photograph??

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Every Catholic Should Know These Five Prayers Revealed By Our Lady of Fatima

In 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three children in Fatima Portugal and this happens to be the most popular apparition of t Blessed Virgin Mary.

The children received many messages, mostly calling for personal conversion and prayer, as well as the words of 5 new prayers.

The first prayer is one many Catholics are likely already familiar with, but the other 4 are not as well-known.
Here are the 5 prayers given to the children at Fatima:

1) The Fatima Prayer/Decade Prayer

“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those most in need of Thy mercy. Amen.”

Mary told the children that people should add this prayer to the end of each decade of the Rosary.

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​Novena Prayer To Our Lady of Fatima: Day 9

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O Most Holy Virgin Mary, you came to Fatima to reveal to three little shepherd children the graces that come from praying the Holy Rosary. Inspire us with a sincere love of this devotion so that, like the shepherd children, it is not a burdensome task but a life-giving prayer. May our prayers and meditations on the mysteries of our redemption bring us closer to your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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​Novena Prayer To Our Lady of Fatima: Day 8 May 1th

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O Most Holy Virgin Mary, you came to Fatima to reveal to three little shepherd children the graces that come from praying the Holy Rosary. Inspire us with a sincere love of this devotion so that, like the shepherd children, it is not a burdensome task but a life-giving prayer. May our prayers and meditations on the mysteries of our redemption bring us closer to your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Lady of Fatima, today we pray for your Son to come to our aid and end the suffering and wars throughout the world. Help us to be like the children at Fatima; loving, trusting and faithful. May we pray to bring peace to our own world in our own small way by choosing to love and trust in the Lord.

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What Are Marian Apparitions, And How Can The Church Decide If They Are True?

Q: What are Marian apparitions, and how can the Church decide if they are true?

A: Marian apparitions are considered to be private revelations according to what is taught in the Catechism. They don’t “improve or complete Christ’s definitive Revelation, but help to live more fully by it in a certain period of history” (No. 67).

Marian apparitions can be investigated and approved by the local bishop, but in some cases, the Holy See takes over the inquiry. In 1978, Paul VI approved a document of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that lays out norms for discerning apparitions. Among the criteria used are the harmony of the messages with Catholic doctrine, the docility of the visionaries to Church authority and the signs of the supernatural.

Dr.Robert Fastiggi


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Fatima Visionaries, Heaven And The Horrifying Vissions of Hell.

The children were given a horrifying vision, but were also shown a pathway to heaven.

The Catechism affirms the existence of hell, but describes a more severe punishment than being burned for eternity.

The teaching of the Catholic Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, ‘eternal fire.’ The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs (CCC 1035).

This explanation of the Catechism is enough reason to fear hell. We should fear the fact of spending eternity separated from the God who loves us so much.

In 1917, When Our Lady appeared to the three shepherd children at Fatima Portugal, she allowed them to see a vision that would scare any child (or adult). They saw before them a “vast sea of fire” and in it, many souls being tormented. Continue reading

​Novena Prayer To Our Lady of Fatima: Day 7 May 10th

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O Most Holy Virgin Mary, you came to Fatima to reveal to three little shepherd children the graces that come from praying the Holy Rosary. Inspire us with a sincere love of this devotion so that, like the shepherd children, it is not a burdensome task but a life-giving prayer. May our prayers and meditations on the mysteries of our redemption bring us closer to your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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​Novena Prayer To Our Lady of Fatima: Day 6

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O Most Holy Virgin Mary, you came to Fatima to reveal to three little shepherd children the graces that come from praying the Holy Rosary. Inspire us with a sincere love of this devotion so that, like the shepherd children, it is not a burdensome task but a life-giving prayer. May our prayers and meditations on the mysteries of our redemption bring us closer to your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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​Novena Prayer To Our Lady of Fatima: Day 5

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O Most Holy Virgin Mary, you came to Fatima to reveal to three little shepherd children the graces that come from praying the Holy Rosary. Inspire us with a sincere love of this devotion so that, like the shepherd children, it is not a burdensome task but a life-giving prayer. May our prayers and meditations on the mysteries of our redemption bring us closer to your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Continue reading

​Novena Prayer To Our Lady of Fatima: Day 4

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O Most Holy Virgin Mary, you came to Fatima to reveal the graces that come from praying the Holy Rosary to three little shepherd children. Inspire us with a sincere love of this devotion so that, like the shepherd children, it is not a burdensome task but a life-giving prayer. May our prayers and meditations on the mysteries of our redemption bring us closer to your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Continue reading

Novena Prayer To Our Lady of Fatima: Day 3

​In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O Most Holy Virgin Mary, you came to Fatima to reveal the graces that come from praying the Holy Rosary to three little shepherd children. Inspire us with a sincere love of this devotion so that, like the shepherd children, it is not a burdensome task but a life-giving prayer. May our prayers and meditations on the mysteries of our redemption bring us closer to your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Continue reading

You Will Save A Young Woman’s Life By This Simple Gesture: Please Read

“What so ever you do to the least of my brethren, that you do unto me”

The above Words of Jesus calls us to charity and alms giving.

As the Admin of this blog and the Facebook page One Million Who Say The Rosary Daily, I have had several requests for financial assistance but in many cases I do not have to give and I have never used this medium to ask for assistance on behalf of anyone.

I have always intended to use this medium only as a means of promoting devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Catholic Church until a situation that made me cry few days ago.

I received a call some days ago from a friend (a very good Catholic and friend of the Holy Spirit). She is a young mother who is in her 30’s.

She is sick and dying as a result of complications from child birth. All she need is the equivalent of a few hundred dollars for her treatment and the doctors won’t even touch her except she has the money for her treatment.

I honestly did not have the money to give her but I encouraged her to be strong in faith and that I will be praying for her.

I have been praying for her asking the Holy Spirit my greatest Friend to help her until the early hours of today when the Holy Spirit ministered to me on what to do.

For every one of these $12 bracelet sold, I will be donating $7 for her treatment.

All I ask is for your contributions.

You may not need the bracelet but you can buy it just to save this young woman’s life.

You could give the bracelet out if you don’t need it or offer it to God buy paying and requesting it not be sent to you in this case all $12 will be donated for her treatment.

You can pay for more than one bracelet as a way of making more contributions towards saving this young mother.

If you are touched and wish to donate more, please email me admin@francismary.org or reach me via WhatsApp on 2349095248783

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I earnestly urge you to contribute in saving the life of this young mother.

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Charity and alms giving is a short passage to Heaven for they wash away a multitude of sins.

“What so ever you do to the least of my brethren, that you do unto Me”.

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​Novena Prayer To Our Lady of Fatima: Day 2

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O Most Holy Virgin Mary, you came to Fatima to reveal the graces that come from praying the Holy Rosary to three little shepherd children. Inspire us with a sincere love of this devotion so that, like the shepherd children, it is not a burdensome task but a life-giving prayer. May our prayers and meditations on the mysteries of our redemption bring us closer to your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Continue reading