Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary
Jul 14, 2015 / Written by: America Needs Fatima
Feast September 12
"God the Father gathered all the waters together and called them the sea – mare. He gathered all his graces together and called them Mary – Maria"
The above quote is written by the great Marian apostle St. Louis Marie de Montfort in his renowned work, "Treatise on True Devotion to Mary".
The feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary was first celebrated in Spain in 1513. Granted by Pope Julius II to the diocese of Cuenta in Spain, it was assigned the date of September 15, the octave day of Our Lady's Nativity, on the papal calendar.
The feast was extended to all of Spain and the Kingdom of Naples In 1671.
In 1683, Vienna was besieged by Turkish invaders. Jan Sobieski, the devout King of Poland, came to the assistance of Vienna with an army that was vastly outnumbered by that of Mustapha.
Early on the morning of September 12, having himself served at Holy Mass, the King entrusted himself and his army to the Virgin Mary, imploring her blessing upon himself and his troops and her assistance in the upcoming conflict.
Then rising from his knees, the "Northern Lion," as he was called by the Turks, said aloud: “Let us now march to the enemy with an entire confidence in the protection of heaven, under the assured patronage of the Blessed Virgin.” And charging upon the enemy camp, they defeated and routed the Muslims completely.
The Turkish forces were overwhelmed and Vienna was saved under the banner of Mary Most Holy.
In a letter to Pope Innocent XI announcing the victory of the Christian army over the Muslims at the gates of Vienna, King Jan SobieskI immediately attributed the victory to God and not to his own efforts, and paraphrased the words of Julius Caesar:
"Veni, vidi, Deus vicit" – "I came, I saw, God conquered!"
In commemoration of this glorious victory over the Muslims, and in thanksgiving to God and honor to Our Lady for Their aid, Pope Innocent XI extended the feast of the Holy Name of Mary to the Universal Church that same year.
Although the feast was originally celebrated on September 15, in 1911 Pope St. Pius X decreed that it be celebrated on September 12.