Let us joyfully celebrate the birth of blessed Mary so that she may intercede for us before Jesus Christ the Lord! [Breviary-Lauds for Mary's Feast today - September 8th]
Our Founder, St. Francis de Sales had a strong and tender devotion for Mary, and "Heaven bestowed on him numerous favors because of that. On September 8th, 1614, while he celebrated Mass for Mary's birth in the Church of Our Lady of Annecy (in France, where he founded the Visitation Order), a pure white dove settled on his head as he remained at the altar wrapt in ecstasy. (recounted in "Annee Sainte" - one of the Saint's biographies).
Likewise, we sisters (from our 45-year-old, Kenyan Sr. Anne Francis to our soon-to-be 102-year-old, Pittsburgh-native Sr. Mary Raphael) sing together (with as much ecstasy as our age and physical condition allow!) Mary's praises in the "Salve Regina." We hope you'll join us by singing along!
God be praised! Dieu soit beni! for Mary, who is "CAUSE OF OUR JOY!" (from Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Sr. Mary Roberta Viano, VHM