Ukraine and the Immaculate Conception

This picture above was taken a few hours after the Consecration of Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary this past Friday, 25 March 2022, while getting ready for Adoration and Confessions and Rosary. The flowers are gone now. It’s Lent.

Meanwhile, what was happening in Ukraine at that time:

That building was literally defaced by, surely, a thermobaric bomb. Those are not forbidden, but when used on population centers, on campuses of buildings such as hospitals and apartment complexes, then those ordering their use can be tried for war crimes.

The fellow in the picture above was home when the bomb went off. These bombs vaporize human beings. Do you notice something in that picture? Let’s take a closer look:

These bombs have been around for very many decades, but are always more developed. One of the chief developers showed up, of course, in our little mission church a few years ago. All these guys show up here because we’re the most out of the way place ever. There’s a proper use in war, but there’s also a criminal use in war. Either way, war is such a hell in this world.

Meanwhile, the deliverer of those bombs showed up yesterday at our little airport here in Andrews, NC, something like this MC-130J Commando II:

It’s a smaller world than we think. One thing that makes the world very small indeed is prayer. For instance we can say a prayer for the fellow pictured in his destroyed apartment/office up top, and for all those suffering, both living and dead, and have an immediacy of impact, much more than any thermobaric bomb, and this time for the good: Hail Mary…

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6 responses to “Ukraine and the Immaculate Conception

  1. Claire Dion

    Fr George–Is that the Mother of God of Kazan?

  2. Aussie Mum

    The holy picture looks like Our Lady of Kazan, Russia.

    • Father George David Byers

      We have to remember that Russia was the most Marian nation on earth, and that Our Lady protects Russia by having it consecrated to her Immaculate Heart.

      From Wikipedia: Our Lady of Kazan, also called Mother-of-God of Kazan (Russian: Казанская Богоматерь, romanized: Kazanskaya Bogomater’), was a holy icon of the highest stature within the Russian Orthodox Church, representing the Virgin Mary as the protector and patroness of the city of Kazan, and a palladium of all of Russia and Rus’, known as the Holy Protectress of Russia. As is the case for any holy entity under a Patriarchate in communion within the greater Eastern Orthodox Church, it is venerated by all Orthodox faithful.

      According to legend, the icon was originally acquired from Constantinople, lost in 1438, and miraculously recovered in pristine state over 140 years later in 1579. Two major cathedrals, the Kazan Cathedral, Moscow, and the Kazan Cathedral, St. Petersburg, are consecrated to Our Lady of Kazan, and they display copies of the icon, as do numerous churches throughout the land. The original icon in Kazan was stolen, and probably destroyed, in 1904.

      The “Fátima image” is a 16th-century copy of the icon, or possibly the 16th-century original, stolen from St. Petersburg in 1917 and purchased by F. A. Mitchell-Hedges in 1953. It was housed in Fátima, Portugal from 1970 to 1993, then in the study of Pope John Paul II in the Vatican from 1993 to 2004, when it was returned to Kazan, where it is now kept in the Kazan Monastery of the Theotokos. Copies of the image are also venerated in the Catholic Church.

      Feast days of Our Lady of Kazan are 21 July, and 4 November (which is also the Russian Day of National Unity).

      • Aussie Mum

        Yes, It’s a very interesting icon, thought by some to have been painted by the Apostle Luke, and like representations loved and adopted by other nations as well. I have two related images in my home: Our Lady of Perpetual Succour (transferred from Crete to Rome) and Our Lady of Soufanieh (Damascus, Syria). The histories of all three are intriguing.

  3. Liz

    Praying! It’s really neat that the picture is what survived! Some relatives had a bad fire once…everything burned except the religious articles. It is comforting!

  4. Decades ago in Boston at an apartment sale, I bought an ikon image of Mary holding Jesus. I was told that when the apartment sale person had been in Russia visiting, it was given to her by someone and that she had smuggled it out in her luggage, as she would not have been allowed to take it out of the country openly. It’s definitely old and the metal image is beat up and has some rust on it, and I have brought it with me everywhere I have lived since then. Looking at the pictures of Our Lady of Kazan on Wikipedia just now, I think it is of her. Wow – to think that Our Lady has been with me, looking out for me, all those years, even while I did not know her and was running away from God, too.

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