August 5 – St. Mary, Our Lady of the Snows

Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Snows (Feast Day: August 5)

Extract from Our Lady of the Snows Rev. Matthew R. Mauriello: “The most important church in the city of Rome dedicated to Our Lady is the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, erected around the year 352, during the reign of Pope Liberius. (352-366)  According to legend, a member of an aristocratic family, John and his wife were childless and prayed that the Blessed Mother might designate an heir to bequeath their wealth.  They were favored with a dream in which Our Lady appeared to them on the night of August 4-5. She requested that they build a church in her honor on the Esquiline hill and the sign to accompany this dream is that the exact location would be marked out in snow. During that hot summer evening, a miraculous snowfall traced the form of the basilica on the hill.  Our Lady also appeared to Pope Liberius in a dream that same night so that he too could arrive at the location to see the miraculous snowfall.  Many people gathered to see the unusual event of snow glistening in the August sun.  Upon awakening, John and his wife rushed to the site and Pope Liberius arrived in solemn procession. Realizing that the snow marked the exact location of the church, the people staked off the area before the snow melted.  The basilica was completed within two years and consecrated by Pope Liberius; that is why it is sometimes referred to as the Basilica Liberiana, after the Pope who consecrated it.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of the Snows.

Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Snows (Feast Day: August 5)

Extract from  Our Lady of the Snows: “According to tradition, on the night of August 4th, a childless aristocratic Roman couple dreamed that the Blessed Virgin Mary instructed them to go to the Esquiline Hill in the morning where they would find a plot of land covered with snow. Mary told them that a church consecrated to her should be built on the snow-covered plot of land. On this same night, she also appeared to Pope Liberius in a dream telling him of her desire. The next morning the couple went to Pope Liberius to tell him about their dream. The pope then led a procession to the spot indicated in the dream and discovered that snow had indeed fallen on the Esquiline Hill. Snowfall of any sort was unheard of in Rome at that time of year. People crowded to see the patch of snow, which persisted despite the heat, amazed that it had fallen in only one place. All of Rome proclaimed the summer snow a miracle, and the couple accepted this as a sign that hey were to use their wealth to help build the church.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of the Snows. See also:  Dedication of Saint Mary Major (Multilingual), Nuestra Señora de las Nieves (SP), Madonna della Neve – 5 agosto (IT),  NOTRE-DAME des NEIGES (366) (FR), 5 sierpnia – Najświętsza Maryja Panna Śnieżna (PO). NOVENA a Santa Maria della neve, PRAYERS to Our Lady of Snows.

Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Snow (Feast Day: August 5)

Extract from Our Lady of the Snows: “Our Lady’s Sign…. A Snowfall.  This is the history of Our Lady of the Snows. The time was the year 352, so soon after the birth of Jesus that many did not know about Him, and many “dared” not know, for fear of persecution.  The city of Rome, Italy, was fast becoming a Catholic center, and there resided Pope Liberius, the Holy Father, Successor of the Holy Apostle, St. Peter. Among his loyal subjects were a noble patrician, John, and his wife. This couple was very holy and devout.  They were not blessed with children, so it was their desire that their worldly goods should be given to the Mother of God. They discussed this with Pope Liberius and he counseled them to commend this holy intention to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Fervently, they besought her to show them her desire by some sign.   During the night of August 5th, the Virgin Mary appeared to John and his wife, and also to Pope Liberius, telling them to construct a church in her honor on the crest of the Esquiline Hill. As a sign of her will, she told them, they would find it covered with snow. . . .”  See Novena Prayers to Our Lady of the Snows.

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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 the Snows on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Avalanche in Badakhshan province of Afghanistan March 4, 2012) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: March 12 – March 25, 2012.

Mountaineering Accident in the French Alps (June 25, 2011) (Europe) See World-Mission-Rosary-Intentions: July 4 – July 17, 2011.

Snow Avalanche in Pakistan (February, 2010) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: March 1-March 14, 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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