Our Lady of the Snows, Pray for Us

Our Lady of the Snows, Pray for Us

The Missionary Oblates want to remember you in prayer on August 5, 2019 - the feast of Our Lady of the Snows - at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, Illinois.

Celebrate Our Lady's feast by:
- Send your personal prayer intentions
- Support the Oblates' worldwide ministries
- Selecting a special devotional gift.



The feast of Our Lady of the Snows - August 5 - is closely tied with the dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome. The story behind this special day is quite remarkable.

In the year 352 A. D. a wealthy Roman aristocrat named John and his wife found themselves with no heir. Being people of faith, they prayed to Our Lady, asking for guidance as to what they should do with their fortune. On a hot and muggy August night they received their answer.

The couple was visited by Our Lady in a dream. She told them to use their wealth to construct a church on the Esquiline Hill in Rome. The location of the church, she told them, would be very clear: build where the snow falls. Pope Liberius was also visited by Our Lady that same night - he, too, received the message about snow on the Esquiline Hill.

In the morning the pope, the wealthy couple and many other followers gathered on the hill. As promised, a large area was clearly marked with freshly fallen snow. It had snowed in August! The area was immediately staked off - and the Basilica of St. Mary Major was built within two years.

 

We want to pray for you.

Take a moment to send the name of a loved one - or a personal intention and send it to us by July 29. Your prayer will be gathered with thousands of others on August 5 at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows.

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Our Lady of the Snows Gifts

    Miraculous Snowfall Gift Set     Our Lady of the Snows Heart Bracelet     Our Lady of the Snows Cameo Necklace

Our Lady of the Snows Votive Candles

Our Lady of the Snows Votive Candles     Light a Votive Candle in St. Mary Major in Rome

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