𝐅𝐄𝐀𝐒𝐓 𝐎𝐅 𝐌𝐀𝐑𝐘 𝐇𝐄𝐋𝐏 𝐎𝐅 𝐂𝐇𝐑𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐈𝐀𝐍𝐒
FEAST DAY – 24th May
The tradition of this advocation goes back to 1571, when the whole of Christendom was saved by Mary Help of Christians when Catholics throughout Europe prayed the Rosary. The great battle of Lepanto occurred on October 7th 1571.
For this reason this date has been chosen as the feast of the Holy Rosary. In 1573 Pope Pius V instituted the feast in thanksgiving for the decisive victory of Christianity over Islamism.
Near the end of the 17th century, Emperor Leopold I of Austria took refuge in the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Pasau, when 200,000 Ottoman Turks besieged the capital city of Vienna, but a great victory occurred thanks to Mary Help of Christians: on September 8th, Feast of Our Lady’s Birthday, plans were drawn for the battle.
On September 12, Feast of the Holy Name of Mary, Vienna was finally freed through the intercession of Mary Help of Christians. All Europe had joined with the Emperor crying out “Mary, Help!” and praying the Holy rosary.
In 1809, Napoleon’s men entered the Vatican, arrested Pius VII and brought him in chains to Grenoble, and eventually Fontainbleau. His imprisonment lasted five years. The Holy Father vowed to God that , if he were restored to the Roman See, he would institute a special feast in honor of Mary.
Military reverses forced Napoleon to release the Pope, and on May 24th 1814, Pius VII returned in triumph to Rome. Twelve months later, the Pope decreed that the feast of Mary Help of Christians, be kept on the 24th of May.
Most holy Virgin Mary, appointed by God to be the Help of Christians, we choose you as the Mother and Protectress of our home.
We ask you to favor us with your powerful protection. Preserve our home from every danger – from fire, flood, lightning, storm, earthquake, thieves, vandals, and from every other danger.
Bless us, protect us, defend us. Keep as your own, all the people who dwell in this home. Protect them from all accidents and misfortunes, but above all, obtain for them the most important grace of avoiding sin.
Mary, Help of Christians, pray for all those who live in this home which is consecrated to you for all time. Amen.
MOST HOLY VIRGIN MARY, HELP OF CHRISTIANS, we place ourselves under your motherly protection. Throughout the Church’s history you have helped Christians in times of trial, temptation and danger. Time and time again, you have proven to be the Refuge of sinners, the Hope of the hopeless, the Consoler of the afflicted, and the Comforter of the dying.
We promise to be faithful disciples of JESUS CHRIST, your Son, to proclaim His Good News of God’s love for all people, and to work for peace and justice in our world.
With faith in your intercession, we pray for the Church, for our family and friends, for the poor and abandoned, and all the dying.
Grant then to us, we implore you, your perpetual help in all our necessities, in every sorrow, and especially in all our temptations. We ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering. Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners. May we serve JESUS with fidelity and love until death. Help us and our loved ones to attain the boundless joy of being forever with our FATHER in heaven, Amen
-St. John Bosco
HAPPY FEAST OF MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS! 🙏💙🎵💙🙏