Commemorations of Mary in August

8/1

Patrozinium of the Marian Shrine of Hodegas, Constantinople


8/2

Feast of Our Lady of the Angels. This feast is the anniversary of the dedication of the Portiuncula Church near Assisi.


8/3

1626: In Cambrai, northern France, Archbishop Vander-Burch approved an act of consecration to serve Mary as her slave, inspired by Marinus, brother of St. Peter Damian.


8/5

Memorial of Mary of the Snows. A Roman patrician, his wife, and Pope Liberius sought a place to build a church in honor of Mary. On August 5, snow fell on the Esquiline Hill.

352: Dedication of the Basilica, Mary Major in Rome, one of the oldest and most beautiful Marian Churches of Christianity with veneration of the miraculous image, "Mary, Protectress of the Roman People."

1561: Dedication of the church, Mary, Queen of Angels, in Rome.

1888: Pope Leo XIII wrote the liturgical texts for the Feast of the Most Holy Rosary.


8/7

Feast of Our Lady, "de Los Reyes" (of the Queen), Sevilla, Spain.


8/8

Feast of St. Dominic, great Marian devotee and founder of the Dominicans.


8/10

Feast Virgin de la Merced/Our Lady of Mercy (Our Lady of Ransom)

1218: Founding of the order of Our Lady of Mercy (for the Ransom of Captives) the Mercedarians.


8/11

Feast of Mary, Refuge of Sinners


8/14

1480: Apparition of Mary in Locarno (Maria del Sasso) 

Feast (and death day) of St. Maximillian Kolbe, OFM Cov., the founder of Militia Immaculata.


8/15

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Feast of the Dormition of Mary (the falling asleep), Byzantine, Syriac, and Maronite Rites

1928: Dedication of a two-meter high statue of Mary in Hanoi, Vietnam.

1943: Consecration of Holland and Belgium to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

1945: Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean (Mary's Island), beginning of pilgrimages to the monument, Queen of Peace; the image of grace in the cathedral dedicated to Mary in 1933, was the first of the Oceanic world.

1947: Consecration of Hungary to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

1952: Dedication of the Church of Reparation (Queen of Peace) in Hiroshima, Japan.

1953: Opening of the pilgrimage to Our Lady of Kevelaer.


8/16

Feast of St. Stephen, the King of Hungary (1038), who dedicated his country to the Mother of God.


8/18

Feast of Mary, Mother of Grace


8/19

Feast of St. John Eudes (1680), apostle of devotion to the heart of Mary.

1917: Fourth apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. Mary told the Children, "Pray, pray and bring many sacrifices for sinners."


8/20

St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153)

Founded Clairvaux in 1115. Author of De Laudibus Mariae and works that placed emphasis on Mary from a liturgical perspective. The Cistercian movement played a key role in furthering devotion to Mary.

Quote: "In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary."


8/21

Feast of Mary of the Golden Heart (Beauraing, Belgium) (1932-33)

1879: Apparition in Knock, Ireland.


8/22

Memorial of the Queenship of Mary.


8/25

Feast of the Appearance of Mary, Greece

Feast of Mary, Health of the Sick (always on the Saturday before the last Sunday of August).


8/26

Solemnity of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Patroness of Poland, the national Shrine of Poland.

Second feast of Our Lady of Vladimir, Russia.


8/28

Memorial of Our Lady of Tears in Syracus, Italy (1953). 


Saturday after August 15

Feast of Mary, Queen of Apostles.


Sunday after August 15

Feast of Mary of Torreciudad, Spain.


Saturday before the last Sunday of August

Feast of Mary, Health of the Sick


Saturday after August 28

Feast of Mary, Consolation

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