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MARIAN DEVOTIONS

There are many common misconceptions (both outside and within the Church) around Marian devotion. It is hoped that this information brings clarity to this topic.

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BACKGROUND

Marian devotions are practices which honor and/or seek the intercession of Mary. However, they ultimately point us to the power and mercy of God.

The Second Vatican Council in Sacrosanctum Concilium gave guidance to the place of devotion to Mary:"Devotions should be so drawn up that they harmonize with the liturgical seasons, accord with the sacred liturgy, are in some fashion derived from it, and lead the people to it, since, in fact, the liturgy by its very nature far surpasses any of them."

​In other words, devotions should complement the practices which enrich our spiritual life, and do not supersede the Sacraments and liturgy.

Marian devotions can enrich our spiritual lives in unique ways. For example, they may focus on a message God communicated through Mary, or they might reflect on an aspect of Jesus' life through the role Mary played (such as the Incarnation).

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TYPES OF DEVOTIONS

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REFLECTIONS ON MARY'S LIFE

Two common devotions are the 'Seven Sorrows of Mary' and 'The Seven Joys of Mary'. 

As with the Mysteries of the Rosary, we can draw closer to Christ by reflecting on the relevant events in Mary's life.

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APPARITIONS

Many people connect with Mary through specific titles she holds from apparitions.


People may also connect with God's messages communicated through Mary in these apparitions.

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SHRINES

People often pilgrimage to the site of a  miracle associated with Mary.


It is a way of glorifying the work God has done through this special woman.

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