A 204th thank-you!

In fulfillment of a promise made by the Ursuline Sisters to honor Mary annually for her intercession in the unlikely American victory against the British in the Battle of New Orleans, Archbishop Gregory Aymond presided over the 204th Mass marking the Solemnity of Our Lady of Prompt Succor, Jan. 8. During the Mass, celebrated in the Ursuline Sisters’ national shrine, Archbishop Aymond noted that we still need Our Lady of Prompt Succor’s intercession in “the battles of today,” which include polarized discourse and growing national intolerance, a divided church, in which some are quick to judge others’ spirituality, and discord within families. “It’s easier to see the differences among us more than our likenesses,” the archbishop said. “Our Lady of Prompt Succor, hasten to help us, that we may become the united family that your Son calls us to be.”

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