Rare 17th c. Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the B.V.M. (Daily Posted in 2021)

(Jan) 10. Our Lady of Guides, in Constantinople, where there was some of Our Lady's spindles to be seen, with some of the swaddling - clothes of the divine Infant, given by St. Pulcheria to that church. (Niceph., Tract. 3, cap. 7.)

 

Image (click it to enlarge): Painting of St. Pulcheria standing on top of [crushing] wicked heretics.  

 

The first icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary was painted by St. Luke the Evangelist which later, in the middle of the 5th century, was enshrined by the Empress St. Pulcheria in the Church of Hodegetria in Constantinople. This was the parish church of the guides (Gr. hodegosguide) who, in those days, would lead pilgrimages to the Holy Land and other holy places. Thus the Blessed Mother of Hodegetria became the patron of travelers and they would carry her icon with them on their journeys. 

 

 

Source: "Historical 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.

(Jan) 9. Our Lady beyond the Tiber, in Rome. This church was built by Calixtus I., A.D. 224. (Baronius in apparatu ad Annal, et in Annal. ad ann. 224.)

 

Image (click it to enlarge): A section of the apse in the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere [Our Lady beyond the Tiber] in Rome - which houses the famous mosaic(s) “Stories of the Holy Virgin”. Pictured here is the *Nativity [birth] of Mary. 

 

*"O heavenly Child Mary, who like a pure dove was born
immaculate and beautiful, true prodigy of the wisdom of
God, my soul rejoices in you. Oh! Do help me to preserve
the angelic virtue of purity at the cost of any sacrifice."

Extract from a: Novena to the Maria Bambina (Infant Mary), Imp. 1931

 

"This calendar, published during the minority of Louis XIV., contains all the pilgrimages of the Virgin throughout Christendom, with a number of pious foundations, which render it extremely valuable; it is, more over, a very rare work... ." -Abbé Orsini 

 

Source: "Historical 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.

(Jan) 8. Our Lady of the Commencement, in Naples.

This chapel was built by St. Helen, and consecrated by

St. Sylvester, A.D. 320. (Petrus Stephanus, de Locis Sacris Neapolit.) 

 

Image (click it to enlarge): Holy card of St. Helen, mother of Constantine, who built the chapel in Naples, Italy dedicated to

Our Lady. 

 

Related Link: 

Overview of 17th c. Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the B.V.M. 

 

Source: "Historical 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.

(Jan) 7. Our Lady's return from Egypt to Judea with Jesus and St. Joseph. (Martyrolog. Rom. 7 Januar.)

 

Image (click it to enlarge): Our Lady [sewing] back home from Egypt with Jesus and St. Joseph.

 

Instruction from the Queen of Heaven to Ven. Mary of Agreda

"My daughter, while journeying at the command of the Lord from one country to another and during the works enjoined upon me, my heart was never troubled nor my spirit cast down; for I always held myself prepared to fulfill entirely the will of God. ... for in obeying the Lord no further reason is necessary than that the Lord Creator so commands and disposes. The souls must accustom themselves to look for this motive alone and to learn solely to please the Lord, without distinguishing between fortunate or unfortunate events and without looking to their own inclinations. In this kind of wisdom I wish that thou advance. In imitation of me and to satisfy thy obligations toward my most holy Son, do thou receive prosperity or adversity in this mortal life with unmoved countenance and with equanimity and peace of mind." (Source: "The Mystical City of God", Vol. 2, Ch. 30, pp. 607-608)

 

Related Link: FULL TEXT of: "The Mystical City of God: Life of the Virgin Mother of God, Manifested to Sister Mary of Jesus of Agreda" (Imp., H. J. Alerding, Bp. of Fort Wayne. Rome City, Ind., Aug. 24, 1912)

 

Source: "Historical 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.

(Jan) 6. Our Lady being on this day at the wedding of Canaan, prevailed upon her son, then thirty years of age, to change water into wine; this was his first public miracle. (S. Epiph. hæres. 51.)

 

Image (click it to enlarge): Painting of the Wedding Feast at Canaan. 

 

 

 

Related Links: 

St. Ambrose on a Catholic Wife's Duty in Marriage

Overview of 17th c. Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the B.V.M. 

 

Source: "Historical 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.

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