On Sept. 12 we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary. It comes between the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin on Sept. 8, and the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows on Sept. 15 – three important and significant Marian feasts in just over a week.
The name of Mary is holy because it was and is the name of the Mother of God, the woman chosen to become the Mother of Christ. And since this indicates her personal holiness then likewise her very name is holy, in the same way that the name Jesus is holy.
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The name Mary comes originally from the Aramaic Miryam or Maryam, from which come the Greek Mariam, and the Latin Maria. The name probably comes from the root word, mr, or “beloved,” although various other interpretations have been given, such as the Hebrew root word meaning “bitter” – which could ultimately be taken to indicate the bitterness of the sufferings she endured during the crucifixion.
St Alphonsus Liguori, (1696 – 1787), the well-known Marian theologian, wrote some beautiful words about the holy name of Mary: “After the most sacred name of Jesus, the name of Mary is so rich in every good thing, that on earth and in heaven there is no other from which devout souls receive so much grace, hope and sweetness.” (The Glories of Mary, chapter 10).
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The feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary began as a Memorial at Cuenca in Spain in 1513; by 1622 it had been extended to the entire Archdiocese of Toledo, and finally, in 1671, to all of Spain. But the present commemoration of this feast came through the victory for Christian forces during the Siege of Vienna in 1683. In thanksgiving for the great victory over the forces of the...
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