Weekly Update 9/23/2020
Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mercy September 24th, 2020
A Day of Prayer and Penance in the Diocese of Columbus
Bishop Brennan invites us to join him in a day of prayer and penance on Thursday, September 24th the feast of Our Lady of Mercy. Let us this day, join our prayers in solidarity for our wounded and troubled world, with those of our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Mercy who gathers us together under her mantle and brings us to Jesus.
Mary under the title of “Our Lady of Mercy”
Devotion to Our Lady dates back to the second century after Christ, and it developed widely during the Middle Ages. Mary is venerated as the Mother of God, Queen and Mother of countries, nations, cities, religious orders, religious and secular organizations, and as the Mother of every human being. The devotion to the mercy of Mary first developed in the East, and was then adopted by the Church in the West, which gradually developed the devotion, deepened it and gave it its own form visible in the areas of devotion and iconography. In the late eighteenth and nineteenth century, the idea of Mater Misericordiae began to dawn and it can be seen most clearly through the theological reflection in St. Pope John Paul II’s encyclical “Dives in Misericordiae”. (Taken from https://www.saint-faustina.org/in-the-church/)
Take some time on Thursday, September 24th to pray the Rosary or Chaplet of Our Lady of Mercy for the healing of our communities. Make an act of Penance by meditating on the Passion of Christ, denying yourself some treat or privilege, holding your tongue, offering a compliment, etc.
- Together, let us ask Mary to intercede on our behalf and bring us to the font of all Mercy, her Son, Jesus. The Chaplet of Our Lady of Mercy, along with other Marian prayers and devotions can be found at https://columbuscatholic.org/marian-feastsdevotions
More information can be found at https://www.actsxxix.org/national-day-prayer-fasting