Our Lady and December: First Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2016 (The Centenary of Fatima)

J.M.J. Advent, as is well known, has a special Marian character. The long-awaited Coming of the Messiah occurred through the Holy Spirit-inspired fiat of the Virgin of Nazareth.

In addition to Advent itself, the days of December are marked with many references to Our Lady. Here are only a few.

December 4th=The Memorial of Saint John Damascene, who defended the title Theotokos relative to Mary.

December 7th=The Memorial of Saint Ambrose, who proclaimed the Perpetual Virginity of Mary.

December 8th=The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, who is Mary herself (“I am the Immaculate Conception”) as she explained to Saint Marie Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes in 1858.

December 9th=The Memorial of Saint Juan Diego, who saw Mary and heeded her words on the Hill of Tepeyac in 1531.

December 10th=The local Memorial of Our Lady of Loreto, who is venerated in Italy and is remembered throughout the world for the Holy House and the Litany of the same name.

December 12th=The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who influenced millions of Aztecs to drop their old ways and put on Christ.

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