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Churchwonders – Blog Index

See a list of Blogs by Topic below. The posts cover a range of topics from church architecture to feast days of saints and the Blessed Mother, to poetry composed by the Prophet Isaiah in 700 B.C. Use the index to quickly access a previously published Blog.

An Adventure Story – St. Raphael in the Book of Tobit

The Feast Day of the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael is September 29th. The adventure story of the Angel Raphael is told in the Book of Tobit. Although called “Saints”, the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are angels, rather than “saints” who have been seemingly around since the beginning of time. An angel is a…

St. Ludmila – Feast Day September 16

St. Ludmila is a favorite of people of Czech heritage and in-laws; and the patroness of Bohemia. She is the grandmother of the famed St. Wenceslaus and was instrumental in the spread of Christianity in Bohemia during her reign and that of her grandson.

Novena to Our Lady of Good Health – Day 9 – Mary, Queen of Families

The Blessed Mother is invoked in the Litany of Loreto under fifty-three titles many of which were commemorated during the multitudes of 9-Day Novenas prayed across the world leading up to the Feast of the Nativity of Mary on September 8th. The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Litany of Loreto) is the only approved…

Novena to Our Lady of Good Health – Day 8 – Our Lady, Star of the Sea

Sailors living on endless expanses of the water have a unique perspective of the sky and heavenly stars above. They see the wonder, and the power of the sea; as well as, the hope born in the images of the stars. The title of Our Lady as Star of the Sea is attributed to the…

Novena to Our Lady of Good Health – Day 7 – Mary, Our Lady of Hope

What lifts the spirit more than hope? The story of the Blessed Mother’s title as “Our Lady of Hope” stems from her appearance to children at Pontmain, France in 1871; and remains popular today. The National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. has a Chapel for Our Lady of Hope that was donated…

Novena to Our Lady of Good Health – Day 6 – St. Maximilian Kolbe

Saint Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Martyr and a mass-media evangelizer with a great devotion to the Blessed Mother – which he promoted through his writings and actions. His inspiring life was centered on Mary as the Mediatrix and intercessor to lead to Jesus’ Sacred Heart. He spread devotion through his Militia Immaculata established to…

Novena to Our Lady of Good Health – Day 5 – Prayers to Our Lady of Vailankanni

Our Lady of Good Health is also known as Our Lady of Vailankanni (Vay-lun-kun-nee), particularly in India where she appeared in the south Indian State of Tamil Nadu in the sixteenth century. Many miracles have been attributed to the intercession of Our Lady of Vailankanni. So, pray to Our Lady of Vailankanni during this 9-day…

Novena to Our Lady of Good Health – Day 4 – The Miraculous Medal and Grace

The Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Good Health is both “full of grace” (see Gospel of Luke 1:28) and intercedes to God to obtain grace for the faithful. Her image in The Miraculous Medal originated in 1830. Read about this appearance of the Blessed Mother below; and pray to her during this 9-day Novena leading…

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