Hearts of Love: Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary

The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus with a Solemnity this year on June 11. The Immaculate Heart of Mary is celebrated on the following day. Both of these feasts are focused on love with the heart as a symbolic representation. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a reflection on Jesus’ heart full of love for humanity, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary shows the fullness of Mary’s heart with love for the Savior.

Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church – Celebrated on Monday after Pentecost

Monday May 24th, 2021 is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church – a new Memorial in the Church calendar. Mary the Mother of Jesus is known by numerous titles in the Church, some of which are designated for celebration as Solemnities, Feasts or Memorials. Three Solemnities are Holy Days of Obligation, and some of the most well-known titles of Mary are celebrated on these days: Mary, Mother of God (Jan 1); Mary, Assumed into Heaven (Aug 15); and the Immaculate Conception (Dec 8).

2021 – Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes in India

The Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes was joyfully celebrated for nine days at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Halasuru, Bangalore, India. The festivities culminated with a trilingual celebration (Tamil, Kannada, English) on February 14, 2021 at the Grotto on the church grounds. The culminating celebration included a High Mass, a Procession, the Rosary and Adoration and Benediction.

2020 – Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes in India

Thursday February 11th is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes – a celebration of Our Lady’s first appearance on February 11, 1858 (also a Thursday) to a young Bernadette Soubrious at a grotto near Lourdes, France. The Feast Day was joyously celebrated last year at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Halasuru, Bangalore, India – read all about it here, and see the Schedule of Events for 2021 too!

The Most Holy Name of Mary

September 12th is the celebration of the Most Holy Name of Mary, Mother of God. It is a day to contemplate the blessed name via prayers in the form of litanies, chants and song. The feast day originated in Spain in 1513 and the official date was moved various times until settled at its present liturgical date in 2003 by Pope John Paul II.

Nativity of Mother Mary

This week is the celebration of the second event of the Incarnation – the birth of Mary the Mother of Jesus on September 8th. (The first event of the Incarnation is the Immaculate Conception – see more about that on another page under Feast Days on this site.) She was likely born around the year 16 B.C. based on what is reported about her age at the time she gave birth in Bethlehem. She is acknowledged to be the child of Joachim and Anne, both now Saints, and, as such was brought up in a holy way with an understanding that God provides everyone with a purpose. Mary’s purpose would be revealed directly to her at The Annunciation (see more about that on this page https://churchwonders.com/devotions/feast-days/the-annunciation/). Of course, Mary accepted her call which culminated in the birth of Jesus.

Mary is admired, honored and venerated even on the 2,036th anniversary of her humble acceptance of purpose; and is a model for all facing “life decisions” even in the midst of great uncertainty. She is also greatly admired for the ability to face crisis with a calm nurtured in her faith. As the Mother of God, her intercessory powers draw many followers. The joy exhibited by Mother Mary throughout her, sometimes difficult, life is also an imitable trait. The most joyful events of her motherhood such as the Annunciation, the Visitation (and her Magnificat), the birth of Jesus, the Presentation, and the finding of Jesus in the Temple are memorialized as the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.

Whatever the reason, she is widely followed and the Feast of her birthday is very popular. Some of the greatest celebrations of her birth occur in India where the nine days leading up to the Feast day are celebrated with Masses, Novenas and other activities. A commemorative flag is usually created for the annual event and it is ceremoniously raised at a solemn Flag Hoisting. It is also very common to have many of her followers make long treks on foot to celebrate the Feast at a holy site; and offer up sacrifices and deprivations during the pilgrimage for the greater glory of God and honor to Mother Mary. The Feast Day itself is marked by Masses attended by throngs of faithful devotees filling the church, as well as the surrounding courtyards and plazas. Typically, a statue of Our Lady is paraded on a palanquin through the streets of the neighborhood surrounding the church with devotees reciting the Rosary and singing hymns of praise.

Two of the largest celebrations of Mother Mary’s birth occur at the churches referenced below. The links provide prayers and videos of the celebrations.

The Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health at Vailankanni in southern Tamil Nadu. http://www.vailankannishrine.net/ (copy and paste link into your browser)

Saint Mary’s Basilica Church in Bangalore in the state of Karnataka. https://stmarys.onlinefeast.in/ or https://stmarysbangalore.com (copy and paste link into your browser)

The photos below are from http://www.vailankannishrine.net/ and https://stmarysbangalore.com