MARY HELP OF THE CHRISTIANS
The Mary Help of the Christians devotion to the Blessed Mother, is an ancient tradition in the Catholic Church. The invocation of Mary as Help of Christians is part of the oldest prayer addressed directly to Mary, the “Sub tuum praesidium,” which was found on a papyrus dating, at the latest, from the end of the third century. This prayer was composed at a time of great danger for Christians and for the Church. “Praesidium” is translated as “an assistance given in time of war by fresh troops in a strong manner.”
St. John Chrysostom was the first to call the Blessed Mother under this title in 354. This devotion spread through the efforts of John Bosco and Pope Pius V. In the 15th century when an Ottoman invasion was looming in Europe, the Dominican Pope called on the armies of Europe to defend the continent and asked them to pray to the Blessed Mother under the title, Help of Christians for victory. The Feast of Maria Auxiliadora celebrated on May 24th, was established by Pope Pius VII in 1814. Since then, the devotion has spread all over the world with the blessed mother under such title being the Patroness of Australia, New Zealand, and China.
The Parish of Our Lady of the Angels requests the intercession and help of Our Blessed Mother and honor her on the Feast of Maria Auxiliadora each year on May 25th. For more information or if you would like to join our group, please contact:
Mr. Isidro Macario