🐟 Friday of Lent: Way of the Cross and Abstinence

"It is a grave offense not to work for the extermination of heresy when this monstrous infection requires action"
(Council of Vienne)


Thursday, May 24, 2018

O Mary, Help of Christians Pray for us

With this title, the Christian people pay tribute to the effective help they have always received from the Virgin Mary in difficult situations, especially in the battle of Lepanto against the Muslim invasion and in the liberation of Pope Pius VII after being detained for five years by Napoleon. .  Pope Pius V introduced into the lauretanian litanies the invocation of "help from Christians".  For his part, Pope Pius VII solemnly crowned a statue of the Mother God in Savona, and established that the feast of Mary Help of Christians be celebrated every year on May 24.  The outstanding Apostle of this Marian devotion was Saint John Bosco (1815-1888), founder of the Salesians, who received so much help from the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

 St. Pius X: Therefore, each one must be persuaded that, if the piety that he declares towards the Blessed Virgin does not separate him from sin or does not stimulate him to the decision to amend the bad habits, his piety is artificial and false, because it lacks its own and genuine fruit.

"Let us notice, let us say and always preach that Mary Help of Christians has always obtained and will always obtain special, and even extraordinary and miraculous favors to those who help Christianly the youth in danger  with works, with advice, with good example or simply with their prayer". Don Bosco

To Our Lady, Help of Christians
by St. John Bosco

O Mary, powerful virgin, thou art the mighty and glorious protector of the Church; thou art the marvelous help of Christians; thou art terrible as an army in battle array; thou alone hast destroyed every heresy in the whole world. In the midst of our anguish, our struggles and our distress defend us from the power of the enemy and at the hour of our death receive our souls in paradise. Amen.                     

María Auxilium Christianorum, ora pro nobis

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