Marian devotion is a special kind of devotion directed towards the Virgin Mary, which differs from the cult of adoration given only to the Most Holy Trinity. It is a singular form of veneration that finds expression in liturgical feasts dedicated to the Mother of God and in Marian prayers such as the holy Rosary, which is considered a compendium of the whole Gospel 1. This devotion is an important and universal phenomenon within the Catholic Church, stemming from the faith and love of the People of God for Christ, the Redeemer, and their awareness of Mary's role as the mother of both Jesus and all humanity in the order of grace 2. The faithful understand the vital link between the Son and the Mother, recognizing Mary's immaculate holiness and her intercessory role. They have confidence in her patronage and often turn to her in prayer. Marian devotion includes celebrating her feasts, making pilgrimages to her sanctuaries, singing hymns in her honor, and making votive offerings 2. The Church encourages all the faithful, including sacred ministers, religious, and laity, to develop personal and community devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary through the use of approved and recommended pious exercises 2. While liturgical worship is of utmost importance, it does not exhaust all the expressive possibilities of devotion to Mary 2. The history of Marian devotion includes acts of consecration or entrustment to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which are reflected in prayer manuals and statutes of many associations 3. The act of consecration is a conscious recognition of Mary's singular role in the Mystery of Christ and the Church, trust in her intercession, and the efficacy of her patronage 3. It is a way of living out one's baptismal commitment and placing oneself under Mary's protection 3. The term "consecration" is used in a broad sense, encompassing the act of entrusting oneself or one's children to Mary's maternal care and seeking her blessing 3. The Code of Canon Law emphasizes the importance of fostering the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary, including the Marian rosary, mental prayer, and other exercises of piety, as a means for students to acquire a spirit of prayer and strength in their vocation 4.
- Compendium of the CCC 198
- Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy: Principles and Guidelines 183
- Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy: Principles and Guidelines 204
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A 200 word article about the miraculous medal and how Our Lady of the Cape is fashioned after this medal from Bing
The Miraculous Medal is a devotional medal that was designed by Saint Catherine Labouré following her visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Paris, France, in 1830. The medal depicts Mary standing on a globe, crushing the head of a serpent, and surrounded by the words "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee". On the reverse side, there are twelve stars, a large M, a cross, and two hearts. The medal is a symbol of Mary's grace and protection for those who wear it and pray to her.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miraculous_Medalhttps://www.amm.org/AboutAMM/Miraculous%20Medal%20Story.aspx
Our Lady of the Cape is a title given to Mary the Mother of God in Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, Canada. The title refers to a statue of Mary that is located in the Old Shrine. The statue was donated by a parishioner in 1854 and represents Mary as she appeared to Catherine Labouré in Paris. The statue is very similar to the Miraculous Medal, except that Mary's garments are gilded and ornamented. The statue was crowned by Pope Pius X in 1904 and Pope Pius XII in 1954. Our Lady of the Cape is the patroness of Canada and the shrine is a place of pilgrimage and devotion.https://miraculousmedal.org/welcome/the-miracle-of-the-miraculous-medal/https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady_of_the_Capehttps://www.sanctuaire-ndc.ca/en/bridge-of-roses-the-story-of-our-lady-of-the-cape/
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