Bl. Virgin Mary said in the apparition of Porzus (approved by the Church):
"Tell everyone not to work on feasts of obligation, and to sanctify the Lord's Day; otherwise, the cholera epidemic will not end. And tell them not to blaspheme, because in this way they offend My Son and hurt My Maternal Heart. Also, I wish that fasting and vigils are observed, and to pray the Rosary with faith and love.”
Jesus himself set an example of a vigil, by spending several nights in prayer before an important decision/event, e.g., 40 days and nights before his public mission. Yet, the night at the Garden of Olives was the most exhausting vigil, because He took the moral burden and physical punishment of each of our sins as if He had committed them.
Yet, the first vigil of the New Covenant, was the adoration of baby Jesus by Virgin Mary and St. Joseph during the night of the Nativity, joined by the angels, the shepherds and the Holy Magi.
We are invited to join them at Christmas, especially in those chapels of perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, since the Eucharist is the only place where Jesus is physically present, surrounded by the Heavenly Court. Where Jesus is, all of Heaven is!
“In the first ages, during the night before every feast, a vigil was kept. In the evening the faithful assembled in the place or church where the feast was to be celebrated and prepared themselves by prayers, readings from Holy Writ (now the Offices of Vespers and Matins), and sometimes also by hearing a sermon. On such occasions, as on fast days in general, Mass also was celebrated in the evening, before the Vespers of the following day. Towards morning the people dispersed to the streets and houses near the church, to wait for the solemn services of the forenoon. This vigil was a regular institution of Christian life and was defended and highly recommended by St. Augustine and St. Jerome.” The most important ones are Christmas, Passover and Pentecost.
To better understand the apostolic tradition of vigils, nothing better than the Catholic Encyclopedia:
167 years ago, on September 8th, 1855, in Porzus, Udine, Italy, Virgin Mary first appeared to 10-year-old peasant Teresa Dush and among other important things said: “… I also wish that fasting and vigils are observed.” (don’t miss the story at bottom).
Please pray for the canonization of Teresa that the Vigils will return throughout the Church as requested by Bl. Virgin Mary.
Please spread this important message from Heaven, ask your Parish Priest to obey Our Heavenly Mother, and help to organize in your closest Parish or Adoration Chapel, a vigil of Christmas Eucharistic Adoration on December 25th (also Passover and Pentecost, at least).
Ideally the adoration would join the Eve Mass of the Feast (in this case, Christmas Eve) with the morning Mass or first Mass of the next day (the Feast). If that’s not possible or allowed, at least ask for one hour of Eucharistic Adoration after Christmas Eve Mass, or if possible, more hours until 6 AM, when the new liturgical day begins (6 hours only takes 6 adorers to commit one hour each or a couple all night).
PS Don't miss the Pope's Urbi et Orbi Christmas blessing, which to be valid must be live at 12:00 noon from Rome (check Google “Time at Rome now” and calculate the difference to your place). It’s like receiving the same graces as being there at St. Peter’s square at the Vatican.
Summary of the apparition:
Machine translation: https://www-porzus-net.translate.goog/porzus_apparizioni.htm?_x_tr_sl=it&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=es-419&_x_tr_pto=wapp&_x_tr_sch=http
She was born on 11 September 1845, in Porzus (above Attimis), and was baptized on the same day. Her parents, Giuseppe and Caterina Grimaz, already married for 18 years, welcome the creature they have been waiting for so long as a gift from God. Little Teresa soon knows the harshness of a poor life, in a steep and stony land where the harvest is scarce, and the rest is meadow and pasture. She is a good and docile child; she gladly shares her parents' effort and work, but she is frail and in poor health. She attends the parish church and is very attentive to the catechism lessons of the parish priest. : on 8 September 1855, the feast of the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an extraordinary event took place, which would profoundly mark the whole town of Porzus. The girl hasn't turned 10 yet. Caterina Grimaz, did not notice the two holidays of obligation that take place on Saturday 8 September and the following Sunday; she has therefore not provided enough grass to feed the beasts. She calls Teresa and orders her to go down to the sinkhole and cut some. The little girl, she shyly observes that one shouldn't work on holidays (so said the priest in catechism).
"We eat, the animals must eat too" is the mother's peremptory answer. Teresa sets off. She is torn within herself: to obey the chaplain ??... or to obey the mother? She asks for help from the Virgin she loves so much. When she arrives at the meadow she is about to work, but someone takes the sickle from her hand. She raises her eyes and sees a beautiful lady with her sickle in her hand who smiles at her and sweetly says to her: "You shouldn't work on holidays!". Teresa confesses her, her little drama. The lady bends down, cuts a handful of grass and hands it to the little girl saying: "Take it, this will be enough". She then adds, "Tell everyone to sanctify the name of the Lord and not to blaspheme, because in doing so they offend my Son and pain my motherly Heart. I also wish that fasting and vigils are observed". On her return, Teresa recounts the extraordinary fact to her mother who looks at her in disbelief, although she notices an expression of intense joy on her face; but when she realizes that that handful of grass is enough to that day, for the following day, and also for Monday morning, she is deeply affected. The news of the fact spreads. Not everyone believes. "Ask Our Lady: what do can you provide as a sign?", they suggest to the little girl, and some have a mocking smile.
It's another Sunday, maybe the next one. Teresa is in church, and the Lady returns. She stands at the altar in a dress covered in roses, and she calls out to her. Teresa is seized with fear. She turns to her companions, and they push and accompany her, but they see nothing of her. They whisper to her: "Ask for the sign". Teresa talks for a long time with the Madonna, then she leaves the church as if dreamily and walks towards the house. She will later say that Our Lady accompanied her. Little Teresa received 'the sign' in this apparition: a three-centimeters-long cross that shines like gold. Our Lady imprinted it on the back of her left hand. Everyone can see it and, no matter how hard you try to erase it, by rubbing it and washing it in water, it remains intact, indeed it becomes even brighter. Monsignor Nicolò Tiossi, dean of the Chapter of Cividale, arrives there. The little girl confides in him, and the priest believes her.
The Madonna appears to her once again, in that period, according to the unanimous and lively tradition of the people. In this apparition of her, the Madonna gives her a secret, to which she will always remain faithful: no one will ever be able to snatch a clue or a word from her. To those who investigate and ask questions, she replies that Our Lady likes the holy Rosary to be prayed. Meanwhile, a cholera epidemic rage relentlessly in Porzus. Shortly after each other, Teresa's parents also died. The little girl is suffering, she seems ill, and Msgr. Nicolò Tiossi takes her to Udine to Father Luigi Scrosoppi, in the Casa delle Derelitte. It is June 21, 1856. Everyone takes care of little Teresa. Theresa is good, humble and obedient. She is told not to show the sign she carries to anyone, and she simply complies with that order. She prayed fervently, she let herself be guided docilely on the path of holiness by Father Luigi, who was an exceptional teacher. It is not difficult to understand her desire to give herself totally to the Lord.
In 1860, after four years, her education in her house is over. She is fifteen years old and she is placed with a good and religious family, where she will begin to earn her bread. Father Luigi follows her from a distance. Teresa is aware of her poverty, of her ignorance and of her own in poor health, she would like to give herself completely to the Lord, but will Father Luigi, who is also so good, be able to accept someone who cannot read the Office of the Madonna in Latin, can barely spell Italian?
In prayer she opens her heart to the Mother of God, and once again the Virgin comes to console and reassure her. "She can go to the convent and when you have to read Latin you will be able to do it like the other nuns". Teresa returns to Udine at the beginning of 1864, to remain there permanently. She is admitted to the postulancy of the Sisters of Providence, but her health is precarious. Father Luigi sends her to the countryside at Orzano, so that she regains strength, but she does not help much. It would be reasonable not to admit her to the novitiate, but Our Lady sent her there, so that he, Father Luigi, would look after her and accompany her on her path to holiness. On March 19, 1867, Teresa began her novitiate. She spends it, for some time, in the community of Cormons, next to the Sanctuary of Rosa Mistica. She returned to Udine on 14 September 1868, she took the religious habit receiving the name of Sister Maria Osanna. Her disease (pulmonary tuberculosis) is slowly but inexorably worsening. She is transported to the infirmary, where she receives the most assiduous and loving care from the nuns and from Father Luigi. He takes her diaphanous hand, marked by her Madonna, to take her pulse, and also so that whoever accompanies her can see that mysterious sign of hers. Her cross, during her illness, no longer shines like gold, but is red. After death she will become white, and the whole large community of the College will pass to kiss her. On August 16, 1870, Sister Maria Osanna finished her Calvary here. He hasn't turned 25 yet. In Porzus, meanwhile, after the apparition of the Madonna, the people begin to observe an unusual phenomenon on the place of the apparition: the meadow is always in flower and the snow there melts sooner than around it, while the opposite should happen, being the sinkhole a lowering of land similar to a basin! There the inhabitants of Porzus go to pray the Holy Rosary every Sunday, and throughout the month of May. In 1885 they decided to build a small chapel, an Iancona as they still call it today. In 1886 inside pose, a painting which represents the scene of the apparition. The message is written at the top, in lapidary form: "Sanctify the holidays. Do not blaspheme and observe fasts and vigils".
In 1913 the chapel was enlarged and enriched with two statues. One of them represents Saint Teresa of Avila. At the base there is an inscription that is not entirely legible: "Santa Teresa ora pro nobis. In hoc loco videbat Mater Christi. Inventa stetit et parlat Um est ex Mater Dei et Recommendationm eiss". A popular Latin in which it seems that the statue of Teresa of Avila represents Teresa Dush, to whom they address their prayer of intercession. Little Teresa (sister Maria Osanna) is considered a creature of exceptional holiness, both by St. Louis and by contemporary nuns. To a novice who asks Father Luigi to be able to assume the name of Sister Maria Osanna, when she is gone, Father Luigi replies: "Yes. If you are as good as her". She is presented in the novitiate as a model, an "angel of novices” whose virtues must be imitated rather than desiring exceptional gifts. Some nuns who are still alive, remember the instructions of their teacher on humility, obedience, silence, mortification, readiness for sacrifice, goodness of soul" of Sister Maria Osanna. Her memory is always closely linked to the growing devotion to the Holy Virgin who appeared in Porzus, venerated under the name of Madonna "de Sésule".
In 1992 (137 years later) the bishop of Udine gave a favorable opinion on these apparitions.
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