O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

No I Didn't Forget Mother's Day...

...I just had a very busy day and Ecce Homo Sunday takes precedence around here. But, it is still Mother's Day and this year it coincides with the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima (to use her full name). Very nice coincidence indeed. An even better coincidence was that the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima coincided with the Feast of Ecce Homo for only the third time ever. The second was in 2007-the 90th anniversary of the apparitions. The first was in 1917. That's right-when Our Lady of Fatima appeared for the first time it was at noon local time (11:00 AM in Ponta Delgada), during the Pontifical High Mass on Sunday, May 13, 1917, for the Feast of Ecce Homo. Of course it was Mother's Day that year as well (anytime May 13th falls on a Sunday, it is the second Sunday of May). So today Mother and Son are re-united again, for only the second time since the apparitions. How far into the Mass do you think Our Lady appeared? Could it have been during the consecration? Possibly. I suppose it depends on the length of the homily.

I was sure to give Momma her roses today. For the occasion, here is the Icon of Our Lady of Fatima. It was written in Russia a number of years ago and presented in Fatima at the feast that year. I think we all know why the icon was specifically written in Russia. Pray for the consecration of Russia according to Our Lady's request. Pray for the conversion of not only Russia, but all of Europe as well.

Icon of the Theotokos of the Rosary of Fatima

An interesting note is that the depiction chosen for the icon is that of the June apparition, when she showed her Immaculate Heart. At all the other apparitions she had her hands folded in front of her chest, holding a rosary. Now, since internal organs cannot be depicted in icons (there are very strict rules governing what can be shown in an icon and in what manner and what materials are used and the process of making the icon-called "writing" the icon), an inscription sits in it's place, although the crown of thorns is still present. Needless to say, the icon is labeled in Church Slavonic.