December 31

marian calendar     december

Regina Familiarum, Roman Catholic Church

On Sunday, December 31, 1995, at the request of Pope John Paul II, the Vatican announced a new addition to the Litany of Loreto: "Queen of Families, pray for us." The Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship chose this date to make the announcement because it was the Feast of the Holy Family, which falls on the Sunday between Christmas and New Year's. Prayers to Mary, Queen of Families invoke her as the mother of the Holy Family in Nazareth, where she and Joseph raised the child Jesus, and as Mother of the Church, helping raise all the children of God.

Pope John Paul II, October 4, 1997, Rio de Janeiro: "Mary Queen of the Family, Seat of Wisdom, Handmaid of the Lord, pray for us. Pray for us, pray for young people, pray for families."

Pope Benedict XVI, May 16, 2008, Rome: "May Mary, Queen of the Family, as a bright Star of hope guide the journey of all humanity's families."

Information from Matthew Mauriello, "Queen of Families," Fairfield County Catholic, January 1996, in The Mary Page, campus.udayton.edu/mary/meditations/Feb98.html. Papal prayers during speeches from www.vatican.va/holy_father. Picture of the medieval statue of the Królowej Rodzin (Queen of Families) at the pilgrimage shrine in Wambierzyce, Poland from "Wambierzyce," mapa.szukacz.pl/

Also commemorated this date:

Inmaculada Concepción, Las Vueltas, Chalatenango, El Salvador
Reina del Amor, San Gerardo, Sarapiquí, Heredia, Costa Rica (Queen of Love). Apparitions began, 1990. 
Notre Dame de Fatima Marie Médiatrice, Paris, France. Night of prayer at sanctuary. Also monthly May 12 - October 12.
Virgen de Concepción, Nuevo San Carlos, Retalhuleu, Guatemala
Santa Maria in Aula Regia, Comacchio, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
 

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly