Million Catholic from around the world celebrate the important dates in the life of Mary - one is August 15, it was believed by Catholic that it was the date of Mary’s Assumption (her body and soul were taken to heaven) when her life on earth was over. September 8 every year is Mary’s birthday. Every year in December 8 – there are millions of her devotees celebrate the day as the feast of Immaculate Concepcion. And every day at 6 p.m. million of Catholic families from around the world pray the Holy Rosary.
There are million people pray before Mary but little do they know who the lady is. It was said that in the spring of 1917 at Covada Iria, a pasture land outside Aliustrel, a small village in Fatima, Portugal – the Blessed Mary has appeared before the three Portuguese children and she was called The Fatima. While in France, Mary has appeared before St. Bernadette in Lourdes – since then, she has been addressed as the Lady of Lourdes.
It was told that during Mary’s apparition, whenever she is asked who she is, Mary always gives her name as the Immaculate Conception – meaning conceived without original sin. Other apparitions of Mary occurred at Loretto, Italy and at Carmel, Israel – from then on, she has been called after the names of those places. When Mary gave the Holy Rosary to St. Dominic as a means for the saint to overcome the Albegentian heresy – she became known as The Lady of the Holy Rosary or Nuestra Sra. De la Naval. She is also known as Lady of Pilar, Lady of Remedios and Lady of Caridad.
In Philippines, many of the Filipino people know Mary by different names like Our Lady of Manaoag, The Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Antipolo, Our Lady of Baclaran and Nuestra Sra. Salambao. There are other names that Filipinos addressed her such as – Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of the Snow, Nuestra Sra. De Guia, Nuestra Sra. De Decamporado, Nuestra Sra. De la Merced, Our Lady of Penafrancia, Our Lady of Presentacion, Nuestra Sra. De Candelaria, Our Lady of the Smile and Nuestra Sra. De Consolacion. The Mediatrix, The Immaculate Heart, The Madonna, The Lady of Monserrat, The Lady of Victory, Notre Dame DE Vie, Our Lady of Sorrows, Our Lady of La Salette and Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.
Whatever name Mary is known, Filipinos and other million people of the world know that Mary - is the same woman, the Virgin, The Blessed Mother of Jesus Christ who is believed The Greatest Redeemer of Mankind!
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