Tag Archives: Blessed Virgin Mary

Our Lady of Walsingham, and an Invitation

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Williamsburg testifies to a long and turbulent history; however despite an attempt to suppress this devotion, this devotion is gaining momentum. Check out this 5 minute video clip!

Dedication for the National Shrine
Please mark your calendars! On Friday, September 23, 2016, please join our parish as Bishop DiLorenzo celebrates the dedication Mass for The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham at 7:00 p.m. Before the Mass, you are invited to participate in a Rosary procession beginning at 5:15 p.m. on the church lawn. Please check the Saint Bede Parish News Room online for more information.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“Let us all rejoice in the Lord, as we celebrate the feast day in honor of the Virgin Mary, at whose Assumption the Angels rejoice and praise the Son of God.”

May we rejoice with the angels as we affirm the truth of the sacred Scripture that, “All generations will call me blessed, for he who is mighty has done great things for me.”

This Titian in the Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice extols the blessedness of the Virgin Mary.

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More from the Frari:

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In Praise of the Virgin Mary


“To us up here you are the torch of noon
Blazing with love, and for the mortals down there
You are the living fountainhead of hope.

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“Lady, you are so highly placed and helpful,
Whoever seeks grace and does not call on you
Wants his desires to fly up without wings.

–Dante’s Paradiso, Canto XXXIII
[Saint Bernard speaking]

The artworks are from the Bargello Museum in Florence.

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In Praise of the Virgin Mary

As we come near to the Feast of the Assumption, it seems natural to let the arts of Florence speak to each other of the beauty of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Here Dante, in his sublime Canto  XXXIII, has Saint Bernard speak of Mary. The artworks are from the Bargello Museum.

“Virgin mother, daughter of your Son,
Humbler and higher than all other creatures,
Fixed aim and goal of the eternal plan,…

“You are the one who lifted human nature
To such nobility that its own Maker
Did not disdain to be made of its making.

“Within your womb was lit once more the flame
Of that love through whose warmth this flower opened
To its full bloom in everlasting peace.”

–Dante’s Paradiso, Canto XXXIII
[Saint Bernard speaking]