The feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be celebrated on this Saturday, June 28th by the Catholic Church. Why do Catholics ask Mary to pray for them? What is the meaning of this feast day? What do the saints say about Mary?
Intercessory prayer is simply prayer in which we pray for someone other than ourselves. When we pray for a family member, we are interceding for them. The Catholic faith believes in the Communion of Saints. This belief means that we believe the saints in heaven can and do pray for us. Mary, the mother of God, is considered the Queen of Saints. This title comes from the image of Jesus as our King and Savior. The mother of a King is a Queen! Because she was Jesus' mother, we believe that Jesus listens and hears all of her prayers. We also believe in community. The more people praying (in heaven or on earth) the better!
The early church had great reverence for Mary, the Mother of God. Because she gave birth to Jesus, Mary was full of Grace...literally! Just as Adam and Eve were created without sin, it is believed that Mary also was created without the stain of original sin. Mary's Heart was Immaculate....free from any stain of sin, both original sin and personal sin. Mary was not God, however. All worship goes to the trinity...the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Mary was an instrument used by God to bring Jesus into the world. We know Jesus honored and loved His Mother. Are we not called to imitate Jesus?
There are many quotes by the saints for us to learn about the beliefs of the early Church.
View each photo to read a quote from a saint of the Catholic Church.