May 242009
 

 

I have posted about Our Lady of the Southern Cross previously but I just had to post again as today,  May 24th, is the feast of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Help of Christians – under the title of Help of Christians. In 1844, Mary, under this title was chosen as the patroness of Australia at the First Provincial Synod of Sydney. This statue of Mary, Help of Christians, stands in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, Australia. The Cathedral was dedicated in her honor by the Irish pioneer priest, Fr. John Therry who arrived in Sydney in 1820 and assumed responsibility for the planning and initial construction of the Cathedral.

Mother and virgin, she is the Patroness of Australia, under the title “Help of Christians.” Under the title of ‘Our Lady of the Southern Cross’ she is patron of the Australian Diocese of Toowoomba and of WYD08.

The title of ‘Southern Cross’ derives from  the constellation of stars seen only from the southern hemisphere. Mary is the  Help of Christians as she leads all people to her Son. She is our help and our advocate.

Artist Paul Newton shares about his painting –

“She is totally focused upon him and holds him affectionately to herself,” …… “At the same time she holds him so as to face us, the viewers, as if presenting or giving him to us.

“I wanted to suggest in Mary’s demeanour serenity and great humility, not drawing attention to herself but rather to her son.

God first entered the world through Mary,  who is ‘full of grace’ (Luke 1:28), when Jesus was born, and Jesus performed  his first public miracle at her prodding. She was centrally present when the  Spirit was poured out upon the nascent Church at Pentecost, fulfilling the  promise ‘you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you  will be my witnesses’ (Acts 1:8). She teaches us how to allow God to be poured  out upon the world through us, to ‘magnify’ Him (c.f. Luke 1:46-55), so that He  can be seen, known, loved and worshipped.

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Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

O Mary Help of Christians, Patroness of Australia, Mother of Mercy, Queen of Heaven and earth, refuge of sinners, we consecrate ourselves to thine Immaculate Heart.

To thee we consecrate our country, our families, our hearts, our souls and all that we have.

And in order that this consecration may be truly effective and lasting, we renew today the promise of our Baptism and Confmnation; we undertake to live as good Christians -faithful to God, the Church and the Holy Father. We desire to pray the Rosary, partake in the Holy Eucharist, attach special importance to the first Saturday of the month and work for the conversion of sinners.
Furthermore we promise, O most holy Virgin, that we will zealously spread devotion to thee, so that through our consecration to thine Immaculate Heart and through thine own intercession, the coming of the Kingdom of Christ in the world may be hastened. Amen.

With ecclesiastical approval.

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Something About Mary is being hosted by JMJ at Totus Tuus Family

Mar 212009
 

My very own framed print ... isn't She beautiful ....

I actually purchased the framed print & received it just after Christmas but I have only managed to photograph it now so I could post the pic for you.

It is such a blessing to have this beautiful picture in our home. My print has been blest by Bishop Christopher Prowse, and the Rosary beads (my World Youth Day Rosary) has also been blessed by the Bishop .... so it's all so extra special for us.

Since my post last year on the painting of Our Lady of the Southern Cross there has been a great interest from visitors to my blog, and I have received a number of queries. If you are interested in purchasing one for yourself  this is where you can find the framed print.

 

Feb 212009
 

Must be time to display another beautiful painting.

This one is titled Our Lady of the Angels

Our Lady of the Angels

by William Bouguereau

A copy of this beautiful painting is hanging in the Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels on the Holy Mountain of Praise in Carngham. It’s an exquisite artwork reproduced as a canvas print.

I don’t have any information on Our Lady of the Angels but I do know of a tiny little chapel in Assisi which stands inside a Basilica.

Early in his life about 1212, St. Francis of Assisi was given a small, ruined chapel by the Benedictines for his repair and eventual use near Assisi, where he later died. It was on a very small piece of property, a small portion—a ‘porziuncola’ in Italian. Later on, this place of worship became a centre of pilgrimage, devotion and repentance. A fresco was painted on the wall behind the altar depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary surrounded by angels. Thus the chapel, which is now surrounded and sheltered by a monumental Papal Basilica, took the name: ‘Saint Mary of the Angels at the Little Portion’.

Don’t you think this is a beautiful painting?