Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Southern Cross: Patron Saint of Sydney, Australia (Feast Date: September 1)
Extract from: Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Help of Christians: “The title of ‘Southern Cross’ derives from the constellation of stars seen only from the southern hemisphere. Mary is the Help of Christians as she leads all people to her Son. She is our help and our advocate. Archbishop Francis P. Carroll, then President of Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, said in 2001: ‘We have total confidence that Mary the Mother of Jesus will be with us to pray for us and to lead us to her Son. Overshadowed and empowered by the Holy Spirit, Mary conceived and gave birth to Jesus, nurtured him as a child, sought him when lost, elicited his first miracle and stood to the end by his Cross of shame and suffering.. . . . God first entered the world through Mary, who is ‘full of grace’ (Luke 1:28), when Jesus was born, and Jesus performed his first public miracle at her prodding. She was centrally present when the Spirit was poured out upon the nascent Church at Pentecost, fulfilling the promise ‘you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses’ (Acts 1:8). She teaches us how to allow God to be poured out upon the world through us, to ‘magnify’ Him (c.f. Luke 1:46-55), so that He can be seen, known, loved and worshipped. WYD08 pilgrims can consecrate themselves to her with John Paul II’s words ‘all yours’, so that God may more freely transform each one of us and the world with his saving power. Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Help of Christians – pray for us.” See PICTURE of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. See also: Streeton, Roberts inspire Our Lady of Southern Cross. PRAYER to Our Lady of the Southern Cross. VIDEO: 5 Our Lady of the Southern Cross.
We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of the Southern Cross, on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:
Violence in Sydney, Austalia (July, 2012) (Oceania) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: July 16 – July 29, 2012.
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.
Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary: