Saint Mary of Angeles is one of the titles with which Catholics honor Mary, the mother of Jesus.
This title spread considerably thanks to the action of the Franciscan friars: in fact, the small church near Assisi (the so-called Porziuncola) was dedicated to Santa Maria degli Angeli, which Saint Francis chose as his home “because of his veneration for the angels and his special love for the mother of Christ “.
In 1216 Pope Onorio III granted plenary indulgence to those who had visited the church on the day of the titular feast, on August 2nd.
Numerous Franciscan churches and institutions are dedicated to Santa Maria degli Angeli: the congregations of the Franciscan nuns of Waldbreitbach, Castelspina and Angers are dedicated to Santa Maria degli Angeli; the city of Los Angeles, on the other hand, takes its name from the Franciscan mission of Nuestra Señora la Reina de Los Angeles.
The feast of Saint Mary of Angeles is always celebrated on August 2 and, for the Franciscan order, has the degree of solemnity; in Costa Rica, the nation of which Santa Maria degli Angeli is patron, on August 2 is a national holiday.