May 24 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Sheshan: Patron Saint of China

Our Lady of Sheshan (Patron Saint of China) (Feast Date:  May 24)  Extract from “History of the Shrine to Our Lady of Sheshan “Shanghai (Agenzia Fides) – The Shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Sheshan is located in the district of Song Jiang, near the great metropolis of Shang Hai, and is dedicated to Our Lady Help of Christians of Sheshan. In 1863, the then Superior of the Jesuit community in Shanghai purchased the south side of the mountain of Sheshan, that offers a beautiful panorama of bamboo forest. On this site, a retreat house was built for Jesuit Fathers, with a small chapel next door, and the construction of the Shrine began. On March 1, 1868, the then Bishop of Shanghai, Bishop Adrien Languillat, SJ, consecrated the chapel and blessed the image of Our Lady Help of Christians. . . . During the attack of rebels from the Army of Tai Ping, the Superior of the Jesuit community in Shanghai, Fr. Gu Zhen Sheng, went up to the mountain of Sheshan to pray to the Blessed Virgin, saying: “If the diocese is saved from the attack of the rebels, we will build a basilica in thanksgiving for Our Lady’s special protection.” The Diocese was spared from destruction. In September 1870, Fr. Gu made known his invocation to the Blessed Mother and the promise to build a new church in thanksgiving.”   See picture of Our Lady of She-Shan, Prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan, and video:  The Church in China.

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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 Sheshan  on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Earthquake in China  (April 14, 2010) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: April 26 – May 9, 2010.

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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