We can have a tendency to focus on one person of the family of Jesus, and forget that, as fully God and fully man, he had a normal human family, just as we do. As we begin, in the US, our Thanksgiving Day week under, in many places, severe restrictions as to where we can be, how many people we can be with, etc., it’s good to remember that Our Lord had a mother, a foster father, grandparents, and lineage stretching back as part of the history of the Jewish people.
I came across this image of a carving I think shows us in great detail how our devotion to St. Anne, patroness of unmarried women, housewives, women in labor, grandmothers, childless people, equestrians, lacemakers, miners, the poor, and seamstresses, and her relation to her daughter, Our Lady, and her grandson, places us under her protection. As such, we can grow safely in our devotions to the Blessed Mother and the Son of Man, redeemer of the world.
Please join us this Sunday, November 22, at 2:00 PM in the Shrine for our monthly Mission of Mercy Holy Hour. This month, we celebrate the Solemnity of Christ the King, the last Sunday of the liturgical year in the Ordinary Form.
On Sunday, November 29, we will begin our annual Advent Vespers on the First Sunday in Advent, at 4:00 PM in the Shrine.
We look forward to seeing you at these upcoming devotions, both to bring this liturgical year of 2020 to a close, and open the 2021 liturgical year properly.
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Father Edward Murphy, shrine chaplain, will celebrate the monthly Healing Mass this Thursday, November 19. The Holy Rosary will be prayed at 6:00pm and Father Murphy will be available for confessions. Holy Mass will be celebrated at 6:30pm followed by a healing Holy Hour. Please join us!