Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Monday, August 31, 2015
Unification of Europe began under the protection of the Mother of God
* August 31 – Orthodox Feast of the Deposition of the Virgin’s belt in Chalkoprateia
* Unification of Europe began under the protection of the Mother of God
Belt of the Mother of God was transferred to Constantinople during the
reign of Justinian (about 530), and deposited in the church of
Chalkoprateia, which was located not far from Saint Sophia.
later, in the 9th century, Emperor Charlemagne who was anointed in the
Basilica of Aachen, which he wanted to dedicate to the Mother of God,
received with great devotion the relic of the Holy Belt of the Virgin
that the Empress of Constantinople gave him. All his life he wore the
image of Mary attached to his neck by a golden chain.
When he grew
older, he asked to be buried with a statue of the Virgin on his heart.
After his death, the Council of Mainz instituted the feast of the
Assumption for the entire Frankish Empire. Charlemagne's empire marked
the end of feudalism and the beginning of the unification of Europe that
developed with Christianity, under the protection of the Mother of God.
According to the Synaxarion of Constantinople, confirmed by the Imperial Menology
Placing of the Cincture of the Most Holy Theotokos (Russian icon) (Wikipedia)