May 24

Our Lady, Help of Christians, Roman Catholic Church

Auxilium Christianorum, Help of Christians, is one of the many titles given Mary in the Litany, where it first appears in a copy of 1558. Invoking Mary under this title, counter-Reformation Catholics recalled Mary's help against Islamic forces at Lepanto, Greece (1571) and Vienna (1683). In 1815, after Waterloo, Pope Pius VII instituted the feast of Mary, Help of Christians for the Papal States, recalling the date he returned to Rome after captivity under Napoleon: May 24, 1814. Though never extended to the universal Church calendar, devotion to Our Lady, Help of Christians and her feast on May 24 have spread throughout the Catholic world, thanks largely to the missionary efforts of the Salesian order founded by St. John Bosco in the 1800s, which took her as patron.   

Sources:

bullet"Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians," Catholic Encyclopedia, www.newadvent.org
bullet"FESTA MARIA AUSILIATRICE 2006 / Foto Galleria: FESTA e PROCESSIONE," SALESIANI DON BOSCO-SDB | Casa Madre Torino-Valdocco | Home Page ITALIANO, www.donbosco-torino.it/image/06/02/M_Ausiliatrice_06/index3.html (detail of altarpiece in the Salesian motherhouse, Turin, Italy, right)
bullet"Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary," Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Litany_of_the_Blessed_Virgin_Mary

Also commemorated this date:

bulletShën Mëria, Kelmend, Malësi e Madhe, Shkodër, Albania,Vukël and Nikç districts
bulletMaria Auxiliadora, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Parroquia de San Juan Evangelista
bulletNossa Senhora Auxiliadora, Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, Felipe Camarão district
bulletNossa Senhora Auxiliadora, Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil
bulletOur Lady of She Shan, Shanghai, China
bulletNotre-Dame de la Délivrance, Langres, Haute-Marne, Champagne-Ardenne, France. Pilgrimage to chapel when May 24 is a Sunday.
bulletMaria, Stella Maris, Breiðholt, Iceland. Church consecrated and statue presented, 2001.
bulletMadonna delle Grazie, Nizza Monferrato, Asti, Piedmont, Italy
bulletSS. Maria Ausiliatrice, Bentivoglio, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy 
bulletSS. Maria Ausiliatrice, Dragoncello, Mantova, Lombardy, Italy
bulletMadonna dei Quercioli, Massa, Massa-Carrara, Tuscany, Italy
bulletMadonna della Strada, Chiesa del Gesù, Rome, Italy
bulletMadonna dei 4 Altari, Torre del Greco, Napoli, Campania, Italy
bulletMadonna dell'Assunta, San Donato di Ninea, Cosenza, Calabria, Italy
bulletMaría Auxiliadora, Empalme Escobedo, Guanajuato, Mexico
bulletMatka Boska Górecka, Górka Klasztorna, Lobzenica, Pila, Greater Poland, Poland
bulletNosa Señora dos Milagres de Saavedra, Begonte, Lugo, Galicia, Spain
bulletMare de la Divina Providència, Barcelona, Spain
bulletNuestra Señora de las Misericordias. Torreperogil, Jaén, Andalucía, Spain. Arrival of image, apparition, healing, 1516.
bulletMaría Auxiliadora, Córdoba, Andalucía, Spain
bulletDivina Pastora, Facinas, Cádiz, Andalucía, Spain. Town patron. New statue blessed May 24, 2008. Procession Aug. 15.
bulletOur Lady of the Wayside, Arlington Heights, Illinois, USA. Ground broken for church on feast of Madonna della Strada, 1953.
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly