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From the Church of the Most Holy Name of Mary at the Trajan Forum By Mattis (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

September 12

The Most Holy Name of Mary

Optional Memorial

Today we honor the Most Holy Name of Mary and venerate the name of the Mother of God. The feast was first celebrated in 1513 in Cuenca, Spain. In 1684, Pope Innocent XI included it in the General Roman Calendar. In a 2006 homily given by Benedict XVI, he reminded the faithful that Mary is our ‘Advocate.’ As such, she has maternal mindfulness of us and is attentive to our needs. As we look to Jesus as Lord of our lives, we can rest in the confidence that she, too, is with us. [1][2]

Written by Sarah Ciotti
Reviewed by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB, STD

[1] Catholicpedia: The Original Catholic Encyclopedia (1917) for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. s.v. “Feast of the Holy Name of Mary.”
[2] Benedict XVI, Homily of the Holy Father, September 12, 2006.
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