(Jan) 24. Our Lady of Damascus. There is said to proceed from this image painted on wood, a miraculous oil, which restored sight, A.D. 1203, to the Sultan of Damascus, infidel
as he was; in gratitude for this favour, he founded a lamp to be kept constant ly burning before the image. (Spond. in Annal., ad ann. 1203.)
it to enlarge): Illustration of Church Father, St. John Damascene, who received his name from Damascus, a city in Syria, where he was born in 675 A.D.
Excerpt of a Sermon by St. John Damascene on The Assumption of Mary:
"Angels with archangels bear thee up. Impure spirits trembled at thy departure. The air raises a hymn of praise at thy passage, and the atmosphere is purified.
Heaven receives thy soul with joy. The heavenly powers greet thee with sacred canticles and with joyous praise, saying: ‘Who is this most pure creature ascending, shining as the dawn, beautiful as the moon, conspicuous as the sun? How sweet and
lovely thou art, the lily of the field, the rose among thorns; therefore the young maidens loved thee. We are drawn after the odour of thy ointments. The King introduced thee into His chamber. There Powers protect thee, Principalities praise thee, Thrones
proclaim thee, Cherubim are hushed in joy, and Seraphim magnify the true Mother by nature and by grace of their very Lord. Thou wert not taken into heaven as Elias was, nor didst thou penetrate to the third heaven with Paul, but thou didst reach the royal
throne itself of thy Son, seeing it with thy own eyes, standing by it in joy and unspeakable familiarity. O gladness of angels and of all heavenly powers, sweetness of patriarchs and of the just, perpetual exultation of prophets, rejoicing the world and sanctifying
all things, refreshment of the weary, comfort of the sorrowful, remission of sins, health of the sick, harbour of the storm-tossed, lasting strength of mourners, and perpetual succour of all who invoke thee.’"
Related Link: Overview
of 17th c. Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the B.V.M.
Calendar of the Feasts of the Blessed Virgin, With the Foundations and Churches Dedicated to Her", from Abbé Orsini's work, "Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God", Imprimatur 1858 A.D.