OL Help of Christians(May 24)

May 24, 2012 by

May 24

Saint Mary,

Our Lady

Help of Christians

Patroness of Australia, New Zealand



Extract from MARY HELP OF CHRISTIANS Patroness of Australia: “‘Who was the patron selected by the people and their newly arrived pastor, Father Therry, for the Mother Church? Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God, under the special invocation of Help of Christians, was chosen patroness. In choosing Mary, the young Church was following a sure Catholic instinct. But why the particular title of Help of Christians? Events had happened in Europe only several years earlier, and this no doubt was still fresh in people’s minds. Napoleon Bonaparte had jailed Pope Pius VI who died in goal, after which Pope Pius VII was elected. . . . The Holy Father vowed to God that, if he were restored to the Roman See, he would institute a special feast in honour of Mary. Military reverses forced Napoleon to release the Pope (from jail), and on May 24th 1814, Pius VII returned in triumph to Rome. Twelve months later, the Pope decreed that the feast of Mary Help of Christians, be kept on the 24th of May. The infant Church in Australia had a special reason for turning to Mary. In those early and mostly priestless days, it was largely the Rosary that kept the faith alive. Catholic Australia remained faithful to Mary, and was the first nation to choose her, under the title of Help of Christians, as Principal Patroness.” See PICTURE of Saint Mary, Our Lady Help of Christians. See also: Mary Help of Christians (Multilingual), Help of Christians (EN), Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians (EN), Mary Help of Christians, Blessed Virgin (EN), María Auxiliadora de los cristianos (SP), Madonna Ausiliatrice (IT), 24 mai. Notre Dame Auxiliatrice (FR), 24 maja Najświętsza Maryja Panna Wspomożycielka Wiernych (PO). PRAYER to Our Lady, Help Of Christians. VIDEOS: Our Lady Help of Christians, Our Lady, Help of Christians.

Extract from Our Lady Help of Christians: “The feast of Our Lady Help of Christians was instituted by Pope Pius VII. By order of Napoleon, the pope was arrested on July 5, 1808 and imprisoned at Savona, Italy and Fontainebleau, France. In January 1814 after the battle of Leipzig, he was brought back to Savona and set free on March 17, the eve of the feast of Our Lady of Mercy, the patroness of Savona. The journey to Rome was a veritable triumphal march with the pontiff, attributing the victory of the church after so much agony and distress, to the Blessed Virgin. He visited many of her sanctuaries on the way, crowning her images, and entered Rome on 24 May 1814 to enthusiastic crowds. To commemorate his own sufferings and those of the Church during his exile he extended the feast of the Seven Dolours of Mary to the universal Church on 18 September 1814.When Napoleon left Elba and returned to Paris, Murat was about to march through the Papal States from Naples. Pius VII fled to Savona on 22 March 1815, where he crowned the image of Our Lady of Mercy on 10 May 1815. Following the Congress of Vienna and Battle of Waterloo, he returned to Rome on 7 July 1815. To give thanks to God and Our Lady, he instituted the feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians for the Papal States on 15 September 1815; it was celebrated on 24 May, the anniversary of his first return.”

Extract from Our Lady Help of Christians (Feast Day: May 24). “A statue of Mary, Help of Christians, stands in the Chapel of the Sacred Heart, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Sydney, Australia. It was donated in the 19th century. Our Lady [Mary], Help of Christians is Patroness of Australia and the Cathedral was dedicated in her honor by the Irish pioneer priest, Fr. John Therry.”


The Missionaries of Mercy and our collaborators have prayed for the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady Help of Christians, on behalf of those affected by the following disasters:

Flash Floods in Queensland, Australia (March, 2011) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: March 14 – March 27, 2011.

H1N1 Virus in New Zealand (June, 2009) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  June 8-21, 2009.

Chemical Spill in Australia (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  December 7-20, 2009.





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