Most of the Roman Catholic Church is aware that today is the feast of St. Therese, commonly known as ‘the Little Flower.’
May are not aware however this is also the feast of the Protection of the Holy Mother of God.
Celebrated in the Byzantine tradition since around the 10th century it is a day to be profoundly aware of and give thanks to Our Blessed Mother for her love, her powerful intercession when we ask her help and yes for her protection:
"Remember us in your prayers, O Lady Virgin Mother of God, that we not perish by the increase of our sins. Protect us from every evil and from grievous woes, for in you do we hope, and venerating the Feast of your Protection, we magnify you."
As is customary I pray St. Therese send everyone a rose this day and here is a prayer from her:
May today there be peace within.
May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content knowing you are a child of God.
Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise, and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
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