Saint Mary of Jesus Crucified

Date: 
August 25, 2015
August 25, 2016
August 25, 2017
August 25, 2018
August 25, 2019
OCD commemoration: 
Optional Memorial
Classification: 
Virgin

**Special Note:  In the city of St. Louis we also celebrate the Solemnity of St. Louis, King of France on this day.** 

Saint Mary of Jesus Crucified was born of the Baouardy family, Catholics of the Greek Melchite Rite, at Abellin in Galilee in 1846. In 1867 she entered the Discalced Carmelites at Pau in France and was sent with the founding group to the Carmel of Mangalore in India where, in 1870, she made her profession. She returned to France in 1872. In 1875 she went to the Holy Land where she built a monastery in Bethlehem and began planning for another at Nazareth. Noted for her supernatural gifts, especially for humility, for her devotion to the Holy Spirit, and her great love for the Church and the Pope, she died at Bethlehem in 1878.

“Always remember to love your neighbor; always prefer the one who tries your patience, who test your virtue, because with her you can always merit: suffering is Love; the Law is Love. ”  -Blessed Mary

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Carmelite Prayer: 
Merciful Father and God of all consolation, You guided, the humble daughter of the Holy Land, Saint Mary of Jesus Crucified to contemplation of the mysteries of Your Son and You made her a witness of the charity and joy of the Holy Spirit. Grant us, through her intercession, to participate in the sufferings of Christ in order to exalt and rejoice in the revelation of Your glory. We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, fo