April 30 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Africa, Patron Saint of Africa, Consolation for the Afflicted

Our Lady of Africa, Patroness of Africa (Feast Date: April 30)

Extract from: May 1st: Algeria – Our Lady of Africa: “It was originally a small statue of the Madonna, set in a frame of shells at a spot often visited by Barbary robbers. Fishermen came there to pray for safe voyages. In time, the grotto became a chapel and eventually a large church. A great miracle made the revered chapel even better known. Archbishop Lavigerie of Algiers was on his way to Rome accompanied by seven hundred soldiers, priests, and a Trappist abbot when their ship was caught in a violent storm. The crew despaired of the ship’s safety. The archbishop had promised the Mother of God a pilgrimage to the shrine of “Our Lady of Africa” if she would save them. The ship was saved and the promise was kept.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of Africa. See also:  Our Lady of Africa (EN), Nuestra Señora de África (SP), Maria, salvezza dell’Africa (IT), Matka Boża Królowa Afryki… Sanktuarium w Algierii – Poznajemy Afrykę… ciag dalszy (PO). Prayer to Our Lady of Africa, Prières à Notre Dame d’Afrique (FR). VIDEO: Our Lady of Africa (Notre Dame d’Afrique).

Our Lady of Africa, Patron Saint of the Afflicted

Extract from Shrines of Our Lady: “The first Bishop of Algiers, after the conquest of the country by the French in the beginning of the 19th century, was without a church, funds or residence and was surrounded by Moslems whose hostility was evident and whose friendship had to be won. The Bishop returned to Lyon and related his distress at the Convent of the Religious of the Sacred Heart; his appeal was spread and he did not have long to wait before he was offered, by the Sodality of Our Lady, a bronze statue of the Immaculate Conception. It was the express desire of the donors that this dark-hued statue should be considered the Protectress of the Mohammedans and the Negroes. Though Our Lady of Africa’s abode is a Catholic church, she is venerated by Mohammedan men and women as much as she is by Christians. Every day, one can see kneeling Mohammedans who have come to ask Lala Meriem, as they call the Blessed Virgin, for her special favors.”

Our Lady of Africa, Patroness of Consolation of the Afflicted

Extract from Shrines of Our Lady:  “The first Bishop of Algiers, after the conquest of the country by the French in the beginning of the nineteenth century, was without a church, funds or residence and was surrounded by Moslems whose hostility was evident and whose friendship had to be won. The Bishop returned to Lyon and related his distress at the Convent of the Religious of the Sacred Heart; his appeal was spread and he did not have long to wait before he was offered, by the Sodality of Our Lady, a bronze statue of the Immaculate Conception. It was the express desire of the donors that this dark-hued statue should be considered the Protectress of the Mohammedans and the Negroes. Though Our Lady of Africa’s abode is a Catholic church, she is venerated by Mohammedan men and women as much as she is by Christians. Every day, one can see kneeling Mohammedans who have come to ask Lala Meriem, as they call the Blessed Virgin, for her special favors. Faithful Moslems are familiar with Our Lady and the Saviour because Mohammed speaks of them in clear and penetrating terms in the Koran. One sura quotes the words of Allah: ‘”Oh Mary! Lo: Allah hath chosen thee and made thee pure, and preferred thee above (all) the women of creation.’ And Sura XIX is entirely dedicated to Mary, and mostly to the history of the Annunciation.”

Our Lady of Africa, Patron Saint of Africa

Extract from Prayer to Our Lady of Africa): “Our Lady of Africa, Queen of Peace, obtain the gift of peace for all nations torn apart by hatred, resentment and racism. May your Son’s law of Love win over and unite all hearts, so that together we may sing the Glory of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.”

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For more information about St. Mary, Mother of Jesus, see Saint Mary: Blessed Virgin, Mother of God.

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Africa on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Terrorist Shopping Center Bombing in Nairobi, Kenya (May 28, 2012) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: June 4 – June 17, 2012.

Violent Clashes in Sudan (November 31, 2011) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 8 – November 21, 2011.

Malaria in all of Africa (Spring, 2009) (Ongoing)(Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  April 27-May 10, 2009.

Child Malnutrition and Conflict in Somalia (March 2009) (Ongoing) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  March 2-March 16, 2009.

Humanitarian Crisis in Zimbabwe (2008) (Ongoing) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions:  October 13 – October 26, 2008.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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