REMEMBER, O Lady of the Precious Blood, the sorrowful Sheddings of the Blood of thy Jesus and the most bitter tears thou didst mingle with His Redeeming Blood. In the name of the Blood of the Victim of Reparation and of thy holy tears; in the name of the seven swords which pierced thy heart, by which thou didst become the Mediatrix of all graces for the human race and the Queen of Martyrs, have pity on my soul and on all its miseries; have pity on sinners and on the innocent souls they seek to pervert; have pity on the poor, the sick, the infirm, on all their sufferings, both physical and moral; have pity on the agonizing, especially upon those who, except for thine intercession, would leave this world without being purified in the Blood of the Lamb.

It is by the Blood of thy Dying Son, by His inexpressible Sufferings, by His last plea to His Father in favor of mankind, by His ignominious Death and by the perpetuation of His Sacrifice on Catholic Altars, that I beg thee not to reject my supplications, but graciously to hear them. Amen.

REMEMBER, O Lady of the Precious Blood, the sorrowful Sheddings of the Blood of thy Jesus and the most bitter tears thou didst mingle with His Redeeming Blood. In the name of the Blood of the Victim of Reparation and of thy holy tears; in the name of the seven swords which pierced thy heart, by which thou didst become the Mediatrix of all graces for the human race and the Queen of Martyrs, have pity on my soul and on all its miseries; have pity on sinners and on the innocent souls they seek to pervert; have pity on the poor, the sick, the infirm, on all their sufferings, both physical and moral; have pity on the agonizing, especially upon those who, except for thine intercession, would leave this world without being purified in the Blood of the Lamb.

It is by the Blood of thy Dying Son, by His inexpressible Sufferings, by His last plea to His Father in favor of mankind, by His ignominious Death and by the perpetuation of His Sacrifice on Catholic Altars, that I beg thee not to reject my supplications, but graciously to hear them. Amen.

Holy Mother of Akita, Akita, Tohuku, Japan

Commemorated on July 6, June 12

Holy Mother of Akita, Akita, Tohuku, Japan On the night of July 6, 1973, at the Institute of the Handmaids of the Eucharist in Akita, Sister Agnes Sasagawa couldn’t sleep because of the driving pain of a cross-shaped wound on her palm, which had formed several days previously and recently begun to bleed. Although totally deaf, she heard a voice say, “Mary’s wound is much deeper than yours. Come with me to the chapel.” Looking up, Sister Agnes saw an angel. She followed him to the chapel. There, on the right hand of a wooden statue of Our Lady of All Nations, she saw a lesion similar to the one on her left hand. Bathed in light, the statue appeared to come alive and speak, promising Sister Agnes that her deafness would be cured, and encouraging her to pray, especially for the Catholic clergy. Later that year, Sister Agnes heard two more messages, warning of global chastisement. The four other sisters in the community saw the statue’s wound bleed regularly until September. From 1975 to 1981, along with outside witnesses, they saw the statue weep 101 times. Agnes Sasagawa’s hearing returned permanently on May 30, 1982. In 1984 the Bishop of Niigata approved devotion to Our Lady of Akita; the Vatican approved his decision in 1988.

Holy Mother of Akita, Akita, Tohuku, Japan

Commemorated on July 6, June 12

Holy Mother of Akita, Akita, Tohuku, Japan On the night of July 6, 1973, at the Institute of the Handmaids of the Eucharist in Akita, Sister Agnes Sasagawa couldn’t sleep because of the driving pain of a cross-shaped wound on her palm, which had formed several days previously and recently begun to bleed. Although totally deaf, she heard a voice say, “Mary’s wound is much deeper than yours. Come with me to the chapel.” Looking up, Sister Agnes saw an angel. She followed him to the chapel. There, on the right hand of a wooden statue of Our Lady of All Nations, she saw a lesion similar to the one on her left hand. Bathed in light, the statue appeared to come alive and speak, promising Sister Agnes that her deafness would be cured, and encouraging her to pray, especially for the Catholic clergy. Later that year, Sister Agnes heard two more messages, warning of global chastisement. The four other sisters in the community saw the statue’s wound bleed regularly until September. From 1975 to 1981, along with outside witnesses, they saw the statue weep 101 times. Agnes Sasagawa’s hearing returned permanently on May 30, 1982. In 1984 the Bishop of Niigata approved devotion to Our Lady of Akita; the Vatican approved his decision in 1988.

The Church keeps this day for a memorial of the wonderful humility of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Having learned from the angel Gabriel that her aging cousin Elizabeth was with child, the Virgin Mother of God hastened to visit the mother of the Baptist. Elizabeth saw Mary coming to her and, filled with the Holy Spirit, she cried out, saying, “Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!” Mary, hearing herself acclaimed, answered in the exultant song we call the Magnificat, praising God with all the powers of her pure soul and giving to Him alone the glory.

Grant us the gift of Your heavenly peace, O Lord. Let the solemn feast of the blessed Virgin’s Visitation establish us more securely in that peace, just as the birth of Her Child heralded the beginning of our salvation.

The Church keeps this day for a memorial of the wonderful humility of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Having learned from the angel Gabriel that her aging cousin Elizabeth was with child, the Virgin Mother of God hastened to visit the mother of the Baptist. Elizabeth saw Mary coming to her and, filled with the Holy Spirit, she cried out, saying, “Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb!” Mary, hearing herself acclaimed, answered in the exultant song we call the Magnificat, praising God with all the powers of her pure soul and giving to Him alone the glory.

Grant us the gift of Your heavenly peace, O Lord. Let the solemn feast of the blessed Virgin’s Visitation establish us more securely in that peace, just as the birth of Her Child heralded the beginning of our salvation.