Thursday, 6 June 2013

Patroness of Canada

St Anne
Saint Anne is the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the grandmother of Jesus. While not mentioned in the Bible, stories of Anne and her husband Joachim are found in early Christian writings.

Devotion to St. Anne has been widespread throughout the world and many thousands of miraculous cures have been attributed to her wonder - working intercession.

She is often portrayed with the child Mary at her side holding a book and teaching her to read . In 1876 Pope Pius IX declared her as the Patroness of Canada.

St Kateri

St. Kateri Tekakwitha: Patroness of Canada

St. Kateri Tekakwitha! It has taken 332 years since her death (1680), 
but this extraordinary holy woman has finally been elevated to the 
altar. It is a refreshing canonization after a number of contemporary 
and highly organized (nay, even politically charged beatifications/
canonizations) of an assortment of "holy old boys and girls" 
(e.g. Wojtila, Roncalli, Mother Theresa, Escriva et al). 

Today also saw the canonisation of the first Native American saint from 
North America. “Leading a simple life, Kateri remained faithful to her love 
for Jesus, to prayer, and to daily Mass. Her greatest wish was to know and 
to do what pleased God.” Speaking in French, Pope Benedict prayed, “Saint 
Kateri, Protectress of Canada and first Native American saint, we entrust to 
you the renewal of faith in the First Nations and in all of North America! 
May God bless the First Nations!”

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A large number of countries, places and groups claim 
as a patroness, though usually 
under a specific title or apparition.

Canada  Mary of the Hurons - Canada ~ Our Lady of the Cape - 

Canada ~ Our Lady of the Assumption of Mary - Acadians of Canada ~ 

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary - Vancouver, British Columbia


St. Joseph, like the Divine Jesus,
carry me in your arms.
Bouasse Lebel 575

3. This Biblical saint, who was kept quite busy
during his 
lifetime, is the patron of two of the
world's largest countries: China and Canada.
He is patron of Canada along with St. Anne,
to whom he is related by marriage.

St. Joseph is the patron saint 
of 10 nations spread across the globe.
A prayer to St. Joseph from peoples of 
these countries would favorably gain 
intercession to God. People of Austria, 
Belgium, Bohemia, Canada, China, Croatia,
Korea, Mexico, Peru and Vietnam need only 
to ask St. Joseph for help and intercession.

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web of blogs, spilling out from the central Holy Card Heaven.

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