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Ordinary Time: November 27th

Monday of the Thirty-Fourth Week of Ordinary Time

Other Commemorations: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Hist)

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November 27, 2017 (Readings on USCCB website)

COLLECT PRAYER

Stir up the will of your faithful, we pray, O Lord, that striving more eagerly to bring your divine work to fruitful completion, they may receive in greater measure the healing remedies your kindness bestows. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.

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Traditionally, in some places, the feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal is celebrated today. It is the day that Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Laboure and showed her the images of the medal she wished to have made.

Also, historically today is the feast of St. Maximinus, also called Maximus, who lived in the 4th century was abbot of Lerins, in succession to St. Honoratus.


Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
In the year 1830, Our Lady appeared to St. Catherine Labouré, a Daughter of Charity in Paris, and told her that God had a mission for her. Standing upon a globe, the Virgin Mary held a golden ball which she seemed to offer to God, and on her fingers were rings with gems that emitted rays of light. She told St. Catherine, "These rays symbolize the graces I shed upon those who ask for them. The gems from which rays do not fall are the graces for which souls forget to ask." Afterward, the ball, symbolizing the world and each person, disappeared, and she held her hands outstretched in the manner of a loving mother, while rays of light continued to cascade upon the globe at her feet as she stood atop the serpent's head. Framing the image in an oval were the words, "O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." St. Catherine then saw an image of an M upon which was a cross. Underneath the M was Our Lord's heart crowned with thorns and Our Lady's heart pierced by a sword. Surrounding this image were 12 stars. The Blessed Virgin instructed St. Catherine to have a medal made of these images, and she promised many graces to all who wear it.

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