July 2, August 15- Our Lady of Madhu: Patron Saint of Sri Lanka

class="alignrightSaint Mary, Our Lady of Madhu (Patron Saint of Sri Lanka) (Feast Dates: July 2, August 15)

Extract from Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu (Multilingual): “The Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu is a Roman Catholic Marian shrine in Mannar district of Sri Lanka. With a history of over 400 years, this shrine acts as a center for pilgrimage and worship for Sri Lankan Catholics.[1] The site is considered as the holiest Catholic shrine in the island[2] and is a well known place of devotion for both Tamil and Sinhalese Catholics alike. [3] The church has been a symbol of unity not just between Tamils and Sinhalese, but also between people of different religions, including Buddhists, Hindus and Protestants.[4] Attendance for the August festival at times touched close to a million people before the out break of the Sri Lankan conflict.[1] Situated in the heart of the conflict zone, pilgrimage to this shrine has been dramatically affected in recent years with the presence of refugee camps around the shrine complex.[2] As part of the conflict it has been shelled number of times. . . . In 1920, Bishop Brault who had a very special devotion to Our Lady of Madhu, obtained the Pope’s sanction for the historic solemn coronation of the Statue of Our Lady of Madhu. Bishop Brault with the clergy and the laity had petitioned the Vatican Chapter through the Apostolic Delegate Cardinal Van Rossam, Prefect of the S.C. of Propaganda and he personally presented the request to the Holy Father who in his audience of April 7, 1921, granted this favor of coronation of Our Lady. In 1924 it was officially crowned by the Papal Legate who came in the name of Pope Pius XI.[8]“  See also: Our Lady of Madhu the source of solace (EN), Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu reopened after minesweeping (EN). See PICTURE of Our Lady of Madhu. VIDEOS: Catholic devotees participate in the Madhu feast.03.10.2009-itn news Sri Lanka.

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

Flooding in Sri Lanka (Winter: 2010-2011) (Asia) See See World Mission Rosary Intentions – February 14 – 27, 2011

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

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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