Most Holy Name of Mary

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In accordance with Jewish custom our Lady’s parents named her eight days after her birth, and were inspired to call her Mary. The feast of the Holy Name of Mary therefore follows that of her Birthday, as the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus follows Christmas.

The feast originated in Spain and was approved by the Holy See in 1513; Innocent XI extended its observance to the whole Church in 1683 in thanksgiving to our Lady for the victory on September 12, 1683 by John Sobieski, king of Poland, over the Turks, who were besieging Vienna and threatening the West. This day was commemorated in Vienna by creating a new kind of pastry and shaping it in the form of the Turkish half-moon. It was eaten along with coffee which was part of the booty from the Turks.

The ancient Onomastica Sacra have preserved the meanings ascribed to Mary’s name by the early Christian writers and perpetuated by the Greek Fathers. “Bitter Sea,” “Myrrh of the Sea,” “The Light Giver,” “The Enlightened One,” “Lady,” “Seal of the Lord,” and “Mother of the Lord” are the principal interpretations. These etymologies suppose that the Hebrew form of the name is Maryãm, not Miryãm.

From the time of St. Jerome until the 16th century, preferred interpretations of Mary’s name in the West were “Lady,” “Bitter Sea,” “The Light Giver,” and especially “Star of the Sea.” Stella Maris was by far the favored interpretation. The revival of Hebraic studies, which accompanied the Renaissance, led to a more critical appraisal of the meanings assigned to Our Lady’s name. Miryãm has all the appearance of a genuine Hebrew name, and no solid reason has been discovered to warrant rejecting the Semitic origin of the word. The Hebrew name of Mary, Miryãm, (in Latin Domina) means lady or sovereign; this Mary is in virtue of her Son’s sovereign authority as Lord of the World. We call Mary our Lady as we call Jesus our Lord, and when we pronounce her name we affirm her power, implore her aid and place ourselves under her protection.

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  2. Mother Mary, please keep my family under your protection. Please give us aid and intercede on behalf o my husband. Please ask that the case be settled in his favor and that our family may stay intact. Please protect our son. AMEN

  3. Dear Mother, please put my family under your protection! Take care of my wife and my two boys, especially D. Please also protect me from my mental health issues!

  4. hail mary i put my life, family and my job unto your able hands please help me overcome all the challenges that may come my way…for i know you are able…all i pray in Jesus name.. amen

  5. Hail mary mother of God i put my life,my family and my job unto your hands may you protect my life….may you protect my family and may you protect my job….God you are the giver of everything bless me…and may i overcome all the challenges of life that are coming my way….i believe you will grant me all in Jesus name i pray and believe…..amen

  6. Comment : Marry mother of GOD pray for us sinners that as we em berg on our journey may you help us to reach the final destination to the father through your son Jesus christ ,help us mother to be holy so that we may also be holy in the presence of our father Amen

  7. Holy Mary, Mother of God. Please intercede for me and my family.First of all, I would like to give thanks and praise for all the blessings that you have bestowed on me and my family. I thank you, Lord! I thank you for your answered prayers, esp. For my friend Rob and his health. Please continue to work through him Lord. Through this experience, may it help him to recognize you and that his faith in you continue strengthen and grow each day.
    Please also pray for peace: in the world, our country, in my family, and in my heart.
    Please pray for all those who are facing difficulties in their lives, especially for my friend Jeff. Whatever difficulties/challenges they are facing. May bitterness and negativity not reign their hearts, but rather true peace.
    Through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, may I be able to find a full time and stable job.
    May I have the courage to get over my fear of driving. Please Lord, please give me the strength and wisdom in learning how to drive. Thank you, Lord.
    Please Lord watch over those who are affected by wars and natural disasters (floodings, earthquakes, fires, and so forth). Please watch over them and protect them. Amen.

  8. O Mary our Mother you have said You are the Mother of all please pray for the unbelievers who are suffering needlessly , help them in their belief and trust to come to know You O Mother and your Beloved Son J esus
    open their minds, open their eyes and ears especially their hearts ‘so that Jesus may come in. May the prayers offered on their behalf touch them in a special way- IN JESUS NAME WE PRAY -AMEN

  9. All thanksgiving to our dear sweet Blessed Mother who has interceded time and again for my family. I have placed my dear youngest son into her hands. Dearest Mother I beg you to bring him back to the Church and help him to feel all the love that surrounds him.

  10. For all lost souls, and for the eternal rest of the departed, let us pray, in your holy name, Mary, Queen of Heaven, and Mother of God. Amen m.

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