Last month the Pope invited us to pray the Rosary and “thus unite in communion and penance to ask the Holy Mother of God and St. Michael the Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and between us. The Holy Father suggested “to end the recitation of the Rosary with the ancient invocation “Under your protection” and with the prayer to St. Michael the Archangel, who protects and helps in the fight against evil (see Revelation 12, 7-12). In the communiqué the description explains that “the great saints of all traditions advised, in times of spiritual turbulence, to protect themselves under the mantle of the Holy Mother of God by using the invocation “Sub tuum praesídium”.
Coincidentally, in this Marian month remembered by the Pope, the Catholics of the Holy Land gathered on the last Sunday of October to solemnly honor their Patroness, the Queen of Palestine, in the shrine of Deir Rafat less than 35 km from Jerusalem – near Beit Shemesh. It should be noted that when the shrine was built in 1927, the name Palestine did not have the political meaning that is sometimes given today. In those years it simply described the geographical region of Jesus and his Mother. This geographical sense is referred to by this invocation of the Virgin. That day the faithful of different parishes of the Holy Land, including Nazareth, Haifa, Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Jericho, celebrated the Holy Mass and ended with a procession around the sanctuary with the image of the Virgin Mary.
To learn more about this celebration, we recommend the following link: