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Marian Title of the Month

Theotokos

Feast Day - January 1

The Council of Ephesus in the year 431 officially defined our Lady’s title as the Most Holy Theotokos, Mother of God. Mary did not just bear and give birth to the humanity of Jesus but to his whole person, the person of the Son of God. So, truly Mary is Bearer and Mother of God. In the Byzantine tradition this wonderful truth about our Lady has been celebrated in what is known as an akathist hymn. These Eastern hymns are meant to be recited or chanted while standing in reverence to our Lady. Akathist hymns are written to the Lord, our Lady and the saints. Learning some of these hymns and chanting or singing them with friends is a great way to celebrate the Holy Mother of God and to appreciate an important part of the Church’s heritage given by our Eastern brethren.

Pilgrimage 2017: Fatima, Avila, Loyola and Lourdes

Day 1 ~ Our pilgrimage to Fátima begins as we depart from the United States on an overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal.

Day 2 ~ Upon arrival in Lisbon, we will drive via deluxe motor coach to the birthplace of St. Anthony of Padua, and then move on to St. Stephen’s Church in Santarém to adore the miracle of the Bleeding Host. In the afternoon we will settle into our hotel in Fátima. [Overnight Fátima]

Day 3 ~ In the morning, Mass will be celebrated at the Capelinha, built over the holm oak tree where Our Lady appeared five times to the three shepherd children—Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta. Afterwards, we’ll tour the basilica and shrine. That afternoon, we will visit Aljustrel, where the angel of Fátima appeared, and Valinhos, where Our Lady appeared in August of 1917. At night, we’ll participate in the candlelight Rosary procession. [Overnight Fátima]

Day 4 ~ After Mass, we will visit the Atlantic coast, the beaches, and the markets of Nazaré. We will also visit the medieval town of Batalha, with its mighty church and the Abbey of Alcobaça. This evening, we return to the Sanctuary of Fátima for the nightly candlelight Rosary procession. [Overnight Fátima]

Day 5 ~ Today, we bid farewell to Fátima as we make our way via deluxe motor coach to Valladolid, Spain. En route, we will stop in Ávila, the town associated with St. Teresa. In Ávila, we’ll visit the Convent of St. Teresa (site of her birthplace), as well as other places associated with St. Teresa. [Overnight Valladolid]

Day 6 ~ As we continue our pilgrimage to Lourdes, we will visit Loyola, as well as the places connected with St. Ignatius. Following lunch, we’ll board our motor coach for the breathtaking passage over the Pyrenees. We will arrive in Lourdes, France, in time to join in the candlelight Rosary procession. [Overnight Lourdes]

Day 7 ~ After breakfast, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of St. Bernadette’s home, the basilica, and the environs which will give us a deeper understanding of St. Bernadette’s life and her relationship with Mary the Immaculate. This afternoon, take time to pray the Stations of the Cross and bathe in the healing waters. There will be a candlelight Rosary procession. [Overnight Lourdes]

Day 8 ~ Today is set aside to visit Lourdes at your leisure. We will gather for a closing Mass in the late afternoon followed by our Farewell dinner. Following dinner we will head to the shrine for the farewell candlelight Rosary procession. [Overnight Lourdes]

Day 9 ~ Following Mass, we say farewell to Our Lady and head to the airport for our flight home.

To light a candle online, click on the picture above. For each donation, we will light a candle and pray for your intentions at our beautiful St.Francis Chapel, Prudential Center, Boston.


Join us on a pilgrimage to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady's apparition at Fatima

For more information, please visit Canterbury Pilgrimages and find our pilgrimage with Fr. Jeremy, OMV and Fr. Lino, OMV under "Pilgrimages to Fatima and Lourdes".

Seminar on Ignatian Spirituality with Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV

January 21 - 22
St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine,
1105 Boylston Street, Boston, MA.
Contact Carol at 617-266-5999 or omvusa@gmail.com
This is a seminar for all who wish to “find God” more often and more deeply in the midst of daily busyness. It supplies the practical “how to” of living Ignatius’ discernment in daily life.