Mary the mother of Jesus is called by many names. She is called the Mother of God, Queen of Heaven, Mother of the Church, Mediatrix, Our Lady, etc. These would be explored in upcoming episodes of this blog.
What we would like to look at today is some back ground data on Mary. The feast of her nativity (birth) is celebrated on the 8th of September in Nazareth, Israel to parents Joachim and Anne . She is greatly honored and worship by many Christians around world. This is vividly shown by the many church and shine dicated in her name on every content of the world. Some of these are: the Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome, the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico.
There are many iconic symbols that are attributed to Mary these range from the blue mantle (this is a stripe of blue cloth tired around her waist), the crown of 12 stars, pregnant woman, roses, the woman with child and many others.
Saturday, 8 June 2013
The Immaculate Heart of Mary (also known as The Sacred Heart of Mary) is a devotionalname used to refer to the interior life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, her joys and sorrows, her virtues and hidden perfections, and, above all, her virginal love for God the Father, her maternal love for her son Jesus, and her compassionate love for all persons.  The consideration of Mary's interior life and the beauties of her soul, without any thought of her physical heart, does not constitute the traditional devotion; still less does it consist in the consideration of the heart of Mary merely as a part of her virginal body. The two elements are essential to the devotion, just as, according to Roman Catholic theology, soul and body are necessary to the constitution of man. In 1855 the Mass of the Most Pure Heart formally became a part of Catholic practice.
Eastern Catholic Churches occasionally utilize the image, devotion, and theology associated with the Immaculate Heart of Mary. However, this is a cause of some controversy, some seeing it as a form of liturgical latinisation. The Roman Catholic view is based on Mariology, as exemplified by Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae which builds on the total Marian devotion pioneered by Louis de Montfort.
Traditionally, the heart is depicted pierced with seven wounds or swords, in homage to theseven dolors of Mary. Also, roses or another type of flower may be wrapped around the heart.
Text from page http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/06/08/pope_at_mass:_learning_from_mary_to_keep_the_word_of_god/en1-699623
of the Vatican Radio website
Saturday, 18 May 2013
A Mass celebrated in Spanish by Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Nicola Girasoli and Tea with Our Lady of Montserrat (“Te con Nuestra Senora de Montserrat”) marked Tortuga’s commemoration of the Feast of Our Lady of Montserrat.
The Tortuga church is nestled in the Montserrat Hills in Trinidad’s central range. The area was named by Spanish settlers after the Montserrat Mountains of Catalonia in the region of Barcelona, Spain.
Although it is unknown when the statute of Our Lady of Montserrat, also called “La Moreneta”, came to Tortuga, it is believed that it was brought by Capuchin missionaries. The wooden statue in Tortuga is said to be a replica of a statue of Our Lady in a shrine in Montserrat, Spain.
In honour of the Spanish spiritual ancestors, Te con Nuestra Senora de Montserrat (Tea with Our Lady of Montserrat) and the Spanish Mass were held on April 27 – the feast day of Our Lady of Montserrat. Non-Spanish speaking attendees followed in booklets and through translations by Tortuga Parish Priest Fr Alan Hall.
Fr Glyn Jemmott also spoke fluent Spanish as he offered prayers during the Mass.
Archbishop Girasoli, for whom this was his first visit to the 135-year-old church, did the homily in English. He told the congregation that Our Lady was always giving the best direction to her Son and led the way to Him.
The children from the Tortuga Primary School sang the recessional song, which happened to be their winning composition from the first ever Joseph T Rostant Hymn to Our Lady of Montserrat competition, held during the 2012 Tea with Our Lady.
“Our Lady on the Hills” was performed under the direction of the school’s principal Theresa Roberts. Another of the compositions from the competition, “Mama Maria”, was sung by the
Montserrat Sisters as the entrance hymn.
The inclement weather prevented the usual procession with the statue of Our Lady from the church to the Tortuga Presbytery. However, “La Moreneta” – on which restoration works were recently completed by Marian devotees from Citizens for Conservation – was paraded throughout the church.
Members of the congregation then made their way under umbrellas to the presbytery’s grounds and the inviting ambience at the Tea with Our Lady event.
A Spanish menu of empanadas, bollito, arepas and dulces was served along with local favourites.
Guitarists Patrick Gouveia, Anthony Gibbons and Lorraine Neves set a soothing mood with music which had a Spanish flair. Singer Turon Roberts-Nicholas warmed the atmosphere under the tents with renditions of “Ave Maria” and “His Eye is on the Sparrow”.
To the delight of many, several door prizes were distributed by master of ceremonies Louis Dulal-Whiteway.
The Shrine Committee has dubbed 2013 the Year of the Spanish and in December it will host an Advent/Christmas Carol Service and Country Christmas Food Festival. Food of Spanish/Latin American origin will be featured as part of the Food Festival and it is anticipated that art from the Spanish/Latin American regions will be on sale at the event.
Over the years, with the assistance of then parish priest Fr Steve Duncan, the Shrine Committee – headed by Diane Bertrand – has introduced several initiatives including Marian devotions every Saturday and a gift shop and museum at the church, known for its many statues and beautiful stained glass windows.
Thursday, 9 May 2013
|Dejhan Aaron of Presentation College, Chaguanas, prays the rosary at Archbishop’s House last Wednesday. Students of Catholic secondary schools will lead the rosary at Archbishop’s House each Wednesday in May – the month of Mary. Archbishop Joseph Harris, Papal Nuncio Archbishop Nicola Girasoli and Vicar General Msgr Robert Llanos were among those who attended. Photo: Raymond Syms|