Before the battle, King John placed himself and his troops under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. He begged her help and served Mass in a monastery nearby, while all his soldiers knelt in prayer. Then the commanding officer gave the signal for attack and the battle began. In no time, the Turks were put to flight, and the Christians had won a great victory!
In thanksgiving for this marvellous event, King John sent the conquered flag of the Turks to Rome, as a sign of homage to Mary. Pope Innocent XI showed the gratitude of all Christians to Our Lady by extending the celebration of the Feast of her Holy Name to the whole Church. Mary's name was given her by God. He Himself told her parents, St. Joachim and St. Anne, to call her Mary. The name "Mary" means "lady" or "queen." I t also means "star of the sea." What beautiful meanings! How perfect this name is for our Blessed Mother! She is truly our loving Queen and our Star. She will show us the wav to reach the blessed Kingdom of Heaven.
Today I will invoke the most holy Name of, Mary every time I feel tempted to do something wrong.
Source: Saints for Young People for Every Day of the Year, Imprimatur, no year listed