Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Arabia
All International Participants will take part in a pilgrimage to The Shrine of Our Lady of Arabia on 6th November 2011.
A little history on The Shrine of Our Lady of Arabia…
On 5th January 2011, the Holy See officially proclaimed Our Lady of Arabia Patroness of both the Vicariates in the Arabian Peninsula. A Solemnity in her honour will be celebrated on Saturday preceding the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time with the permission to celebrate it also on Sunday. HIS EMINENCE CARDINAL ANTONIO CAÑIZARES LLOVERA (Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments) arrived in Kuwait to personally inaugurate the special occasion.
This is a time of manifold graces and blessings for all – in the Vicariate Apostolic of Northern and Southern Arabia, as the loving patronage of Our Lady of Arabia extends to all Catholics in the Arabian peninsula, and indeed the whole world, that, we may renew the praises of Our heavenly Mother, and enkindle a more fervent devotion towards her, to the spiritual benefit of all mankind. Few are aware that devotion to Our Lady of Arabia actually began in 1948, on 8th December – the day on which the Chapel in Ahmadi was dedicated in her honour and that her statue in the shrine at Ahmadi was blessed in 1949 by Pope Pius XII who later proclaimed the Queenship of Mary in 1954. In 1949 the Church of Our Lady of Arabia in Ahmadi was aggregated to the Patriarchal Liberian Basilica (Papal Basilica of St. Mary Major) in Rome and has been granted the same indulgences as for visiting this greatest Marian Shrine in the world. Many will surely be enriched by indulgences and privileges by a visit or a pilgrimage to the church in Ahmadi.
Pope Pius XII in his Encyclical AD CAELI REGINAM proclaiming the Queenship of Mary said, “Whoever, therefore, reverences the Queen of heaven and earth — and let no one consider himself exempt from this tribute of a grateful and loving soul — let him invoke the most effective of Queens, the Mediatrix of peace; let him respect and preserve peace to which the Virgin Mary impels us, which is not wickedness unpunished, nor freedom without restraint, but, a well-ordered harmony under the rule of the will of God!”
We pray that Our Lady of Arabia may hear our prayers, and by her peace make happy a world shaken by discord, and after our earthly exile … show unto us all Jesus, Who will be our eternal peace and joy.