Our Lady of Loreto and Pope Francis: Memorial of Saint Francis Xavier, Tuesday, December 3, 2019


     Pope Francis recently decreed that the Feast of Our Lady of Loreto, which is celebrated on December 10th, is now on the General Roman Calendar, meaning that the Feast may now be liturgically commemorated throughout the world on that same day.

     Since the Middle Ages, the Holy House of Nazareth has been venerated in Loreto, Italy, and is, in the words of Robert Cardinal Sarah, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, even today “visited by many faithful pilgrims in order to nourish their faith in the Word of God made flesh for us.”

    Cardinal Sarah continued: “In the Holy House, before the image of the Mother of the Redeemer and of the Church, Saints and Blesseds have responded to their vocation, the sick have invoked consolation in suffering, the people of God have begun to praise and plead with Mary using the Litany of Loreto, which is known throughout the world. In a particular way all those who travel via aircraft have found in her their heavenly patron.”

     The Feast of Our Lady of Loreto “will help all people, especially families, youth and religious to imitate the virtues of that perfect disciple of the Gospel, the Virgin Mother, who, in conceiving the Head of the Church also accepted us as her own.”

     In the United States of America, this Feast join others with a distinctly Marian character during the middle of Advent: The Immaculate Conception (December 8th); Saint Juan Diego (December 9th); Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12th).

     V. Our Lady of Loreto. R. Pray for us.

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