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Association of the Miraculous Medal

Dear Friend,

Beginning August 6, at 8:00 a.m., CDT, we will honor our Blessed Mother here at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal with a very special Assumption Novena of Masses.

Please, send me your prayer intentions to be placed at our Lady’s Altar and remembered in each of the novena Masses we celebrate, including the Solemnity Mass on August 15.

In the book of Revelation, Saint John shares a vision he had of "a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars" (Revelation 12:1).

Saint John’s vision is accurate, because it fits well with Mary’s own portrait of herself in heaven! That portrait is, of course, the Miraculous Medal, which Mary gave to Saint Catherine Labouré in the year 1830. It shows Mary clothed with the sun and shining with the sunlight-rays of God’s grace that she obtains for her children. The globe is under her feet, and twelve stars encircle the reverse side of her medal.

The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates our belief that Mary was immaculately conceived and, upon finishing her earthly work, was assumed body and soul into heaven. She is a sign of hope that we too will conquer death and be with the Lord forever.

You are invited to open yourself to those rays of God’s grace by sending your petitions to Mary’s Shrine. You may also wish to burn a Votive Light at the Shrine as an expression of your desire to honor Mary and seek her intercession.

Your Votive Light donation and other gifts will be used to promote devotion to Mary and to assist the Vincentian community in its ministries of evangelization and service to the poor. Thank you in advance for your generosity.

The Solemnity of the Assumption provides us with a wonderful opportunity to honor Mary, glorious in heaven, always interceding for us. Mary is indeed "blessed among women".

Your intentions will be placed at the Shrine with all the other intentions received from members.

Join us in spirit by meditating as we pray for you and all the Association’s members during the Assumption Novena and Solemnity, August 6-15.

You are in our prayers here at Mary’s National Shrine. Thank you for all you do to support our Lady’s Association. May Jesus bless you, and may our Lady of the Miraculous Medal keep you in her heavenly care.

Sincerely in our Lady,

Fr. Kevin McCracken, C.M.
Spiritual Director