Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary; St Ailbhe; St Guy of Anderlecht
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Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This feast is a counterpart to
the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (January 3); both have the possibility of uniting people easily
divided on other matters.
The feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary began in Spain in 1513 and
in 1671 was extended to all of Spain and the Kingdom of Naples. In 1683, John Sobieski, king of
Poland, brought an army to the outskirts of Vienna to stop the advance of Muslim armies loyal to
Mohammed IV in Constantinople. After Sobieski entrusted himself to the Blessed Virgin Mary, he and
his soldiers thoroughly defeated the Muslims. Pope Innocent XI extended this feast to the entire
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