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Second Thought for the Day – 4 September – The Augustinians, Our Lady of Consolation and The “Augustinian Rosary”

Second Thought for the Day – 4 September – The Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

The Augustinians, Our Lady of Consolation
and The “Augustinian Rosary”
The “Corona (or Crown) of Our Mother of Consolation.”

The origin of this invocation is derived from the Augustinian Monks who propagated this particular devotion . In 1436, the Confraternity of the Holy Cincture of Our Lady of Consolation was founded in Bologna, Italy.
It was based on an Augustinian tradition which holds that Saint Monica in the fourth century, who was distraught with anxiety for her wayward son, Saint Augustine and that Mary gave her a sash, which the Virgin wore, with the assurance that whoever wore this belt would receive her special consolation and protection.
Along with St Augustine and St Monica, Our Lady of Consolation is one of the three Patrons of the Augustinians.
The “Augustinian Rosary”
is sometimes called the The “Corona (or Crown) of Our Mother of Consolation.”

In the 1700s members of the Augustinian Order introduced devotion to Our Lady of Consolation to the island of Malta.
On 1 December 1722 the Prior General of the Augustinian Order, Fr Thomas Cervioni, issued the Decree for the erection of the Confraternity of Our Lady of Consolation in the Church of St Mark, run by the Augustinians at Rabat, although the devotion had been practiced for some time before.
By this time the custom of asking for the final blessing before death in the name of Our Lady of Consolation was very popular and the Monks were given a dispensation to leave the Monastery at any time to confer it.
The feast day in Malta is celebrated on the last Sunday of October.

The Augustinian Rosary has a unique format, one that is short and simple and is based on the truth of the Catholic faith – The Apostles Creed. The Apostles Creed has been divided into twelve articles, each accompanied by one Our Father and Hail Mary, followed by one Our Father and Hail Mary each in honour of Jesus, the Salve Regin, and a Collect Prayer. Sometimes the Litany of our Lady can be included as well as various intentions or reflections from Augustine’s sermons. I have printed the format below in a brief simplified form.

The Dominicans were not the only group to have their own unique Rosary, the Franciscans had one based on Mary’s Seven Joys, the Servites pray through the Mary’s Seven Sorrows.

The Augustinian Family venerates the Blessed Virgin Mary with the principal and distinct title of Our Mother of Consolation or of the Cincture. The little rosary, prayed in her honour, belongs to the tradition of the Order and in the course of the centuries has gathered countless brothers and sisters around Mary, just as the early Christian community was united around her.

This devotion is a prayer filled with inspiration for our journey of faith in the company of Mary. It is an inner journey in the Holy Spirit meditating on the truths of our faith as expressed in the Apostles’ Creed.

The “Augustinian Rosary” – “Corona (or Crown) of Our Mother of Consolation”

Direct we beseech You, O Lord, our actions by Your holy inspirations and carry them forward by Your gracious help, that every good work of ours begin from You and by You be happily ended, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

  1. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
    Our Father, Hail Mary
  2. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
    Our Father, Hail Mary
  3. who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary
    Our Father, Hail Mary
  4. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried,
    Our Father, Hail Mary
  5. He descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again;
    Our Father, Hail Mary
  6. He ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
    Our Father, Hail Mary
  7. and he will come to judge the living and the dead.
    Our Father, Hail Mary
  8. I believe in the Holy Spirit,
    Our Father, Hail Mary
  9. the holy Catholic Church, the communion of saints,
    Our Father, Hail Mary
  10. the forgiveness of sins
    Our Father, Hail Mary
  11. the resurrection of the body,
    Our Father, Hail Mary
  12. And life everlasting.
    Our Father, Hail Mary
  13. In honour of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Father, Hail Mary
Hail Holy Queen

Closing Prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ Father of Mercies
and God of every consolation,
grant, we pray,
that your faithful who rejoice
in the protection of the holy Virgin Mary,
Mother of Consolation may,
by her motherly intercession be freed
from all evils in this life
and be worthy of coming
to the eternal joy of heaven
where you live and reign forever and ever.
Amen

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Our Morning Offering – 4 September – Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

Our Morning Offering – 4 September – Friday of the Twenty Second week in Ordinary Time and the Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

Most Holy Virgin, My Consolation
By St Germanus (c 490-576)

Most Holy Virgin!
Who are the greatest consolation
that I receive from God,
you who art the heavenly dew
which assuages all my pains,
you who are the light of my soul
when it is enveloped in darkness,
you who are my guide in unknown paths,
the support of my weakness,
my treasure in poverty,
my remedy in sickness,
my consolation in trouble,
my refuge in misery,
and the hope of my salvation,
hear my supplications,
have pity on me,
as becomes the Mother of so good a God
and obtain for me a favourable reception
of all my petitions at the throne of mercy.
Amen

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Feast of Our Lady of Consolation and Memorials of the Saints – 4 September

Our Lady of Consolation, or Mary, Consoler of the Afflicted, (4 September) comes from the Latin Consolatrix Afflictorum.
It is found in the Litany of Loreto.
The feast of Our Lady of Consolation is one of the solemnities not inscribed in the General Roman Calendar but which are observed in particular places, regions, churches or religious institutes.
Augustinians and many regions, observe today 4 September, the Benedictines 5 July.

More about Our Lady of Consolation here:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/4-september-feast-of-our-lady-of-consolation/

St Ammianus the Martyr
St Pope Boniface I
St Caletricus of Chartres
St Candida of Naples
St Candida the Elder
St Castus of Ancyra
Bl Catherine of Racconigi OP (1486-1547)
Biography:

https://anastpaul.com/2019/09/04/saint-of-the-day-4-september-blessed-catherine-of-racconigi-op-1486-1547/
St Fredaldo of Mende
St Hermione
St Ida of Herzfeld (c 770-825)
St Irmgard of Süchteln
St Julian the Martyr
St Magnus of Ancyra
St Marcellus of Chalon-sur-Saône
St Marcellus of Treves
St Maximus of Ancyra
St Monessa
St Moses the Prophet
Bl Nicolò Rusca
St Oceanus the Martyr
Bl Peter of Saint James
St Rebecca of Alexandria
St Rhuddlad
St Rosalia/Rose of Viterbo TOSF (c 1233 – 1251)
Her Story:

https://anastpaul.com/2018/09/04/saint-of-the-day-4-september-st-rose-of-viterbo-c-1233-1251/

St Rufinus of Ancyra
St Salvinus of Verdun
Bl Scipion-Jérôme Brigeat Lambert
St Silvanus of Ancyra
St Sulpicius of Bayeux
St Thamel
St Theodore the Martyr
St Ultan of Ardbraccan
St Victalicus

Blessed Martyrs of Nowogródek:
The Eleven Nuns of Nowogródek or Blessed Mary Stella and her Ten Companions were a group of members of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, a Polish Roman Catholic religious congregation, executed by the Gestapo in August 1943 in occupied Poland (present-day Navahrudak, Belarus). They have been declared Blessed by virtue of martyrdom by Pope John Paul II on 5 March 2000.

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One Minute Reflection – 5 September – The Good Samaritan of man. 

One Minute Reflection – 5 September – Wednesday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 4:38-44 and the Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

Now when the sun was setting, all those who had any that were sick with various diseases brought them to him and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them….Luke 4:40

REFLECTION – “Having come to earth to proclaim and to realise the salvation of the whole man and of all people, Jesus shows a particular predilection for those who are wounded in body and in spirit – the poor, the sinners, the possessed, the sick, the marginalised.   Thus, He reveals Himself as a doctor both of souls and of bodies, the Good Samaritan of man.   He is the true Saviour – Jesus saves, Jesus cures, Jesus heals.   Each one of us is called to bear the light of the Word of God and the power of grace to those who suffer and to those who assist them — family, doctors, nurses — so that the service to the sick might always be better accomplished with more humanity, with generous dedication, with evangelical love, with tenderness.”… Pope Francis – Angelus, 8 February 2015and-he-laid-his-hands-he-eveals-himself-as-a-doctor-both-of-souls-and-bodies-pope-francis-5-sept-2018 and 4 sept 2019.jpg

PRAYER – Almighty God, grant that Your faithful, who rejoice in the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may be delivered from every evil here on earth.   By her example, may we run in haste to those in need and through her prayer and come to the enduring joys of heaven.   Mary, our Consolation and Comforter, pray for us!   Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.our lady of consolation pray for us.2

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Feast of Our Lady of Consolation and Memorials of the Saints – 4 September

Our Lady of Consolation, or Mary, Consoler of the Afflicted, comes from the Latin Consolatrix Afflictorum. It is found in the Litany of Loreto.   The feast of Our Lady of Consolation is one of the solemnities not inscribed in the General Roman Calendar but which are observed in particular places, regions, churches or religious institutes. Augustinians and many regions, observe today 4 September, the Benedictines 5 July.Our Lady of Consolation.2,jpg.jpg

More about Our Lady of Consolation here:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/4-september-feast-of-our-lady-of-consolation/

St Ammianus the Martyr
St Pope Boniface I
St Caletricus of Chartres
St Candida of Naples
St Candida the Elder
St Castus of Ancyra
Bl Catherine of Racconigi OP (1486-1547)
St Fredaldo of Mende
St Hermione
St Ida of Herzfeld
St Irmgard of Süchteln
St Julian the Martyr
St Magnus of Ancyra
St Marcellus of Chalon-sur-Saône
St Marcellus of Treves
St Maximus of Ancyra
St Monessa
St Moses the Prophet
Bl Nicolò Rusca
St Oceanus the Martyr
Bl Peter of Saint James
St Rebecca of Alexandria
St Rhuddlad
St Rosalia/Rose of Viterbo TOSF (c 1233 – 1251)
Her Story:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/09/04/saint-of-the-day-4-september-st-rose-of-viterbo-c-1233-1251/

St Rufinus of Ancyra
St Salvinus of Verdun
Bl Scipion-Jérôme Brigeat Lambert
St Silvanus of Ancyra
St Sulpicius of Bayeux
St Thamel
St Theodore the Martyr
St Ultan of Ardbraccan
St Victalicus

Blessed Martyrs of Nowogródek:
The Eleven Nuns of Nowogródek or Blessed Mary Stella and her Ten Companions were a group of members of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, a Polish Roman Catholic religious congregation, executed by the Gestapo in August 1943 in occupied Poland (present-day Navahrudak, Belarus). They have been declared Blessed by virtue of martyrdom by Pope John Paul II on 5 March 2000.Blessed Martyrs of Nowogrodek.jpg

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Adrián Saiz y Saiz
• Blessed Baltasar Mariano Muñoz Martínez
• Facundo Fernández Rodríguez
• Blessed Francisco Sendra Ivars
• Blessed José Bleda Grau
• Blessed José Muñoz Quero
• Blessed José Pascual Carda Saporta
• Blessed Juan Moreno Juárez
• Blessed José Vicente Hormaechea Apoita
• Blessed Pedro Sánchez Barba

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Memorials of the Saints – 31 July

St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) (Memorial)

Biography here:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/07/31/saint-of-the-day-31-july-st-ignatius-loyola-founder-of-the-society-of-jesusthe-jesuits/
AND:
More on St Ignatius:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/31/31-july-st-ignatius-loyola/

Our Lady of Consolation:  Starting in the 2nd century, Catholics venerated Mary as Our Lady of Consolation, one of her earliest titles of honour.   The title of Our Lady of Consolation, or Mary, Consoler of the Afflicted, comes from the Latin Consolatrix Afflictorum.   The origin of this invocation is derived from the Augustinian monks who propagated this particular devotion. In 1436 the Confraternity of the Holy Cincture of Our Lady of Consolation was founded in Bologna, Italy.   It was based on an Augustinian tradition which hold that Saint Monica in the fourth century, was distraught with anxiety for her wayward son, Augustine and that Mary gave her a sash which the Virgin wore, with the assurance that whoever wore this belt would receive her special consolation and protection.   Along with Augustine and Monica, Our Lady of Consolation is one of the three patrons of the Augustinians.   The “Augustinian Rosary” is sometimes called the “Corona (or Crown) of Our Mother of Consolation”.Our Lady of Consolation 678px-pietro_perugino_cat50.jpg

St Calimerius of Milan
Bl Cecilia Schelingov
Bl Everard Hanse
St Fabius of Caesarea
St Firmus of Tagaste
St Germanus of Auxerre (c 378 – c 448)
St Germanus’ Story:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/07/31/saint-of-the-day-31-july-st-germanus-dauxerre-c-378-c-448/
St Giustino de Jacobis CM (1800-1860)

St Helen of Skofde
Bl Jean-François Jarrige de La Morelie de Breuil
Bl John Colombini
St Marcel Denis
St Neot

Matyrs of Syria – 350 saints: 350 monks massacred by heretics for their adherence to orthodox Christianity and the decrees of the Council of Chalcedon. 517 in Syria.

Martyrs of Synnada: 3 Saints
Democritus
Dionysius the Martyr
Secundus

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: Thousands of people were murdered in the anti-Catholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War from 1934 to 1939.
• Blessed Ciriaco Olarte Pérez de Mendiguren
• Blessed Dionisio Vicente Ramos
• Blessed Francisco Remón Játiva
• Blessed Miguel Goñi Ariz
• Blessed Miguel Francisco González-Díez González-Núñez
• Blessed Agapito Alcalde Garrido
• Blessed Ciriaco Olarte Pérez de Mendiguren
• Blessed Dionisio Vicente Ramos
• Blessed Francisco Remón Játiva
• Blessed Jaume Buch Canals
• Blessed Maria Roqueta Serra
• Blessed Miguel Goñi Ariz
• Blessed Miguel Francisco González-Díez González-Núñez
• Blessed Prudencio Gueréquiz y Guezuraga
• Blessed Segundo de Santa Teresa
• Blessed Teresa Subirà Sanjaume
• Blessed Vicenta Achurra Gogenola
• Blessed Francisca Pons Sardá

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Thought for the Day – 4 September – The Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

Thought for the Day – 4 September – The Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

The tradition of praying to the Mother of God for the gift of consolation dates back to the early centuries.   The first written evidence of prayer to the Mother of God, Mary, the Theotokos, is written in Greek on a scrap of Egyptian papyrus dating from between 300-540.   In that prayer, she is invoked as the compassionate one:

“Beneath the shelter of your tender compassion we fly for refuge, Mother of God.
Do not overlook our supplications in adversity but deliver us out of danger”

This prayer makes clear, a vivid faith in Mary’s consoling role.

To our Lord and our God, Jesus Christ, we pray for a greater love of His Mother and to our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Consolation, we lift our prayers for patience, for support and for comfort in our times of confusion, fear and anxiety.   Pray for us, Our Lady of Consolation!

“The Church calls Mary the “Queen of Mercy”
because we believe she opens the abyss of God’s mercy
to whomever she wills, when she wills and as she wills.
No sinner — no matter how great —
who has Mary as protector, is ever lost.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) – Doctor of the Church

the church calls mary the queen of mercy - st bernard - 4 sept 2018

Prayer to Our Lady of Consolation

O Mary Immaculate, our Mother and Consolation,
I take refuge in your most loving heart
with all the confidence of which I am capable;
you shall be the dearest object
of my love and veneration.
To you, who are the dispenser
of the treasures of Heaven,
I shall always have recourse,
in my sorrows to have peace,
in my doubts to have light,
in my dangers to be defended,
in all my needs to obtain your assistance.
Be therefore my refuge,
my strength,
my consolation, O Mary the Consoler!
At the hour of my death,
graciously receive the last sighs of my heart
and obtain for me a place in your heavenly home,
where all hearts shall praise with one accord
the adorable Heart of Jesus forevermore,
and your most lovable heart, O Mary.
Our tender Mother, Comforter of the afflicted,
pray for us who have recourse to thee.
Grant also peace and holiness to the Church,
through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
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Mary, our Consolation and our Comforter, Pray for us!

Pope Benedict on Our Lady of Consolation here: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/thought-for-the-day-4-september-the-feast-of-our-lady-of-consolation/mary-our-consolation-pray-for-us- 4 sept 2017

 

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Thought for the Day – 4 September – The Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

Thought for the Day – 4 September – The Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

Pope Benedict XVI encouraged the faithful to pray to Our Lady of Consolation, stating “From Her We Can Always Learn How to Look Upon Jesus:”

“As we come to the conclusion of this solemn celebration, we offer a prayer to Mary Most Holy, who in Turin is venerated as the principal patroness with the title Blessed Virgin of Consolation.   To her I entrust this city and all those who live here.   O Mary, watch over the families and the workers;  watch over those who have lost faith and hope;  comfort the sick, those in prison and all who suffer.   O Help of Christians, sustain the young people, the elderly and persons in difficulty.   O Mother of the Church, watch over her pastors and the whole community of believers, that they may be “salt and light” in the midst of the world.

The Virgin Mary is she who more than any other contemplated God in the human face of Jesus.   She saw him as a newborn when, wrapped in swaddling clothes, he was placed in a manger;  she saw him when, just after his death, they took him down from the cross, wrapped him in linen and placed him in the sepulcher.   Inside her was impressed the image of her martyred Son;  but this image was then transfigured in the light of the Resurrection.   Thus in Mary’s heart was carried the mystery of the face of Christ, a mystery of death and of glory.   From her we can always learn how to look upon Jesus with a gaze of love and of faith, to recognise in that human countenance, the Countenance of God.”

To our Lord and our God, Jesus Christ, we pray for a greater love of His Mother and to our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Consolation, we lift our prayers for patience, for support and for comfort in our times of confusion, fear and anxiety.    Pray for us, Our Lady of Consolation!our lady of consolation pray for us.2

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Quote/s of the Day – 4 September – The Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

Quote/s of the Day – 4 September – The Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

“Has anyone ever come away from Mary,
troubled or saddened or ignorant
of the heavenly Mysteries?
Who has not returned to everyday life
gladdened and joyful
because a request has been granted
by the Mother of God?”

St Amadeus of Lausanne (1110-1159)has anyone come away from mary - St Amadeus of Lausanne (1110-1159)

“As the Mother of Christ,
Mary is the Mother
of our wisdom and justice,
of our holiness and redemption.
She is more our Mother
than the mother of our flesh.”

St Aelred (1109-1166)as the mother of christ - st aelred

“O Mary, I have not doubt
that whenever we run to you,
we shall obtain all that we desire.
Let those then who have no hope, hope in you.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) Doctor of the Churcho mary i have not doubt - st bernard

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One Minute Reflection – 4 September – The Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

One Minute Reflection – 4 September – The Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servers, “Do whatever he tells you.”….John 2:4-5jesus said to her, woman - john 2 4-5

REFLECTION – “The Church calls Mary the “Queen of Mercy” because we believe she opens the abyss of God’s mercy to whomever she wills, when she wills and as she wills.
No sinner — no matter how great — who has Mary as protector is ever lost.”…St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) – Doctor of the Churchthe church calls mary the queen of mercy - st bernard

PRAYER – Almighty God, grant that Your faithful, who rejoice in the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary, may be delivered from every evil here on earth, through her prayer and come to the enduring joys of heaven.  Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, in union with the Holy Spirit Mary, our Consolation and Comforter, pray for us! Amen.mary our consolation - pray for us

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4 September – Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

4 September – Feast of Our Lady of Consolation

Starting in the 2nd century, Catholics venerated Mary as Our Lady of Consolation, one of her earliest titles of honour.   The title of Our Lady of Consolation, or Mary, Consoler of the Afflicted, comes from the Latin Consolatrix Afflictorum.   It is found in the Litany of Loreto.

The origin of this invocation is derived from the Augustinian monks who propagated this particular devotion.   In 1436 the Confraternity of the Holy Cincture of Our Lady of Consolation was founded in Bologna, Italy.   It was based on an Augustinian tradition which hold that Saint Monica in the fourth century, was distraught with anxiety for her wayward son, Augustine and that Mary gave her a sash which the Virgin wore, with the assurance that whoever wore this belt would receive her special consolation and protection.   Along with Augustine and Monica, Our Lady of Consolation is one of the three patrons of the Augustinians.   The “Augustinian Rosary” is sometimes called the “Corona (or Crown) of Our Mother of Consolation.”

In the 1700s members of the Augustinian Order introduced devotion to Our Lady of Consolation to the island of Malta.   On 1 December 1722 the Prior General of the Augustinian Order Fr Thomas Cervioni issued the Decree for the erection of the Confraternity of Our Lady of Consolation in the church of St Mark, run by the Augustinians at Rabat, although the devotion had been practiced for some time before. By this time the custom of asking for the final blessing before death in the name of Our Lady of Consolation was very popular and the monks were given a dispensation to leave the monastery at any time to confer it.   Processions in Our Lady’s honour were suspended during the French occupation of 1798 to discourage the gathering of crowds.

An ancient story relates St Eusebius of Vercelli brought back an icon of Our Lady of Consolation when he was returning from exile in Egypt in 363.   This icon was presented to the city of Turin.   Later St Maximus, Bishop of Turin, established a small shrine to house the icon in a church dedicated to St Andrew.   The icon became the object of great veneration and the church became the Santuario della Consolata.   Giuseppe Allamano, rector of the Santuario della Consolata founded the Consolata Missionaries in 1902;  they brought to devotion to Africa.   At the age of nineteen Joseph Marello of Turin contracted typhus.   He attributed his recovery to Our Lady of Consolation and went on to found the Oblates of St Joseph.

There are several versions of the image of Our Lady of Consolation. The original one is in Turin at the Santuario della Consolata.   A star on her shoulder is characteristic of almost all the images.   The traditional depiction of Our Mother of Consolation in Augustinian houses shows Mary holding the child Jesus on her lap.   Jesus and Mary both hold the Augustinian cincture in their hands.

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Altar with icon of the Virgin of the Consolation at the Santuario della Consolata or Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Consolation in Turin

In France the dioceses of Vannes, Valence, Montpelier, Laval, Nantes, Périgueux, Tours and many others, possessed churches or chapels dedicated to Mary under this title.   In 1652, Pope Innocent X encouraged devotion to Our Lady of Consolation by establishing a confraternity.

The cult of Our Lady of Luxembourg, Comforter of the Afflicted, was initiated by the Jesuits in 1624 and led to the election of Our Lady as the protectress of the City in 1666 and of the Duchy in 1678.   After the destruction of the old pilgrimage chapel at the time of the French Revolution, the statue of Our Lady of Luxembourg was moved to St Peter church, today’s Cathedral in Luxembourg City.   Statues depicting her can be found in niches in buildings throughout the city of Luxembourg.   From there the devotion was adopted by the English Benedictine nuns of Cambrai.

Immigrants from Luxembourg transposed the cult of Our Lady of Consolation to the United States.

In 1848, Luxembourg immigrants began to settle in the area around Dacada, Wisconsin. The oldest statue of Our Lady of Luxembourg found in the United States, was brought to Dacada by a Luxembourg immigrant, Anna Margaret Deppiesse, in 1849.   Mrs. Deppiesse donated it to St. Nicholas Church, where it can be found in an alcove shrine below the choir loft.   When the church was remodeled in 1941, a mural depicting Our Lady of Luxembourg (Mary, Consoler of the Afflicted) was added to the apse in the sanctuary.   The mural, which honours the parish’s Luxembourgian roots, was painted by liturgical artist, Bernard Grenkhe, using the “al secho” method (i.e., painting on wet plaster so as to make the image permanent.

During the Civil War, three parishioners of St. Augustine’s Parish in Leopold, Indiana fought for the North and were imprisoned at the notorious Andersonville Prison.   Henry Devillez, Isidore Naviaux and Lambert Rogier, formerly of Belgium, vowed that if they survived, one of them would make a pilgrimage to Luxembourg and obtain a copy of the statue of Our Lady of Consolation that stood in their ancestral church.   Rogier went to Luxembourg in 1867 and upon his return enshrined it in St. Augustine’s, where it now stands to the left of the main altar.   In September 2013, Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin of Indianapolis dedicated a larger outdoor garden shrine.

Another centre of veneration and pilgrimage, which also adopted Our Lady, Comforter of the Afflicted is Kevaeler in Germany, not far from the Dutch border.   In 1642 a copperplate engraving, representing Our Lady of Luxembourg, was installed in a sanctuary erected the same year.   It is one of the best visited Catholic pilgrimage locations in north-western Europe.  St Pope John Paul II visited in 1987.

The feast of Our Lady of Consolation is one of the solemnities not inscribed in the General Roman Calendar but which are observed in particular places, regions, churches or religious institutes.   Augustinians observe 4 September, the Benedictines on 5 July.
The popular girls name “Consuela” is derived from this title.

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Feast of Our Lady of Consolation and Memorials of the Saints – 4 September

Our Lady of Consolation:  Starting in the 2nd century, Catholics venerated Mary as Our Lady of Consolation, one of her earliest titles of honour. The title of Our Lady of Consolation, or Mary, Consoler of the Afflicted, comes from the Latin Consolatrix Afflictorum. It is found in the Litany of Loreto.

Icona_della_Consolata,_Torino
The original Icon of Our Lady of Consolation in Turin, Italy

St Ammianus the Martyr
St Pope Boniface I
St Caletricus of Chartres
St Candida of Naples
St Candida the Elder
St Castus of Ancyra
Bl Catherine of Racconigi
St Fredaldo of Mende
St Hermione
St Ida of Herzfeld
St Irmgard of Süchteln
St Julian the Martyr
St Magnus of Ancyra
St Marcellus of Chalon-sur-Saône
St Marcellus of Treves
St Maximus of Ancyra
St Monessa
St Moses the Prophet
Bl Nicolò Rusca
St Oceanus the Martyr
Bl Peter of Saint James
St Rebecca of Alexandria
St Rhuddlad
St Rosalia/Rose of Viterbo
St Rufinus of Ancyra
St Salvinus of Verdun
Bl Scipion-Jérôme Brigeat Lambert
St Silvanus of Ancyra
St Sulpicius of Bayeux
St Thamel
St Theodore the Martyr
St Ultan of Ardbraccan
St Victalicus

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Adrián Saiz y Saiz
• Blessed Baltasar Mariano Muñoz Martínez
• Facundo Fernández Rodríguez
• Blessed Francisco Sendra Ivars
• Blessed José Bleda Grau
• Blessed José Muñoz Quero
• Blessed José Pascual Carda Saporta
• Blessed Juan Moreno Juárez
• Blessed José Vicente Hormaechea Apoita
• Blessed Pedro Sánchez Barba