12 September: Mary’s Name-Day

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The Feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary is an optional memorial celebrated in the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church on 12 September. It has been a universal Roman Rite feast since 1684, when Pope Innocent XI included it in the General Roman Calendar to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Vienna in 1683. It was removed from the Church calendar in the liturgical reform following Vatican II but restored by Pope John Paul II in 2002, along with the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus.

In Hebrew, the name Mary is “Miryam”. Inย Aramaicย the language spoken in her own time, the form of the name was “Mariam”. Based on the root “merur”, the name signifies “bitterness”.ย This is reflected in the words ofย Naomi, who, after losing a husband and two sons lamented, ” โ€œDo not call me Naomi (โ€˜Sweetโ€™). Call me Mara (โ€˜Bitterโ€™), for the Almighty has made my life very bitter.”

Meanings ascribed to Mary’s name by the early Christian writers and perpetuated by the Greek Fathers include: “Bitter Sea,” “Myrrh of the Sea”, “The Enlightened One,” “The Light Giver,” and especially “Star of the Sea.” Stella Maris was by far the favored interpretation. Jerome suggested the name meant “Lady”, based on the Aramaic “mar” meaning “Lord”.

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8 thoughts on “12 September: Mary’s Name-Day

  1. Hay wop… There is no god! An ask the pope if he still plays with is victims… Night before, like first and second pope, did years ago.. As he burn them at the stake the next day!

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