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There are so many beautiful devotions in the traditions of the Catholic Church, some of which go back many centuries. Catholic Pages offers some lovely articles on the history of many of these well-loved devotions. The list below gives you an idea of the plethora of writings available on this topic, with some answers to frequently asked questions about Catholic Devotions and Sacramentals. 

One such devotion here in Ireland is the ringing of the Angelus Bells at 12 noon and 6pm in hundreds of parishes around the country. At 6pm, our national radio and televisions stations ring the Angelus bell calling the faithful to prayer. Long may it continue as it is a national treasure, though under fierce resistance from our modern, secular world.

The Rosary, the Stations of the Cross and Benediction are probably the most beloved and well-known of the devotions but there are many, many more. Sadly, we rarely see the Crowning of the May anymore, another beautiful devotion to Our Lady documented as far back as the 13th century. But happily we are seeing a renewal of the Corpus Christi processions, a devotion with a history that goes back to the 12th century. As a child I grew up with all of these wonderful devotions and they are never forgotten.

There are some interesting articles (see below) about traditional Catholic Devotions which can be found at Catholic Pages.


    *  Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary Tracing the history of devotion of the Blessed Mother.
    *  Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
    *  Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
    *  Feast of the Holy Name
    *  Holy Name of Jesus
    *  Litany of the Holy Name
    *  Popular Devotions
    *  Society of the Holy Name
    *  Use of Beads at Prayers

    *  Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart by St Margaret Mary Alacoque
    *  Apostles of the Holy Face of Jesus Christ
    *  Ask Father: What is Holy Water and its purpose?
    *  Can you tell me about the devotion to Mary as Our Lady of Perpetual Help?
    *  Child of Atocha Tells the legend of el Santo Niño de Atocha, patron of prisoners, believed to be the Christ Child.
    *  Devotion to St Joseph by John O'Connell (from Catholic Faith, March/April 1999)
    *  Devotion to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary Its Origin and History by George Pollard
    *  Devotion to the Holy Eucharist Advances Devotion to Jesus' Person Most Catholics take for granted the intimate relationship between the Eucharist and the Sacred Heart. Fr. John Hardon explains how these two mysteries are intimately related.
    *  Devotion to the Sacred Heart Fr. William G. Most's reflections on the importance of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
    *  Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Picture, daily offering, act of consecration to the Sacred Heart, and the promises given to St. Margaret Mary.
    *  Divine Mercy A devotion to Jesus as the mercy of God.
    *  Divine Mercy Message and Devotion
    *  Doctrinal Foundation of Devotion to the Sacred Heart by Fr John Hardon SJ 
    *  Family Enthronement Ritual
    *  First Saturday Devotion Requested at Fatima. Confession, communion, rosary, each first Saturday for five months.
    *  Flower Theology by John S Stokes Jr.
    *  Flowers for the Fairest by Daniel Foley
    *  Flowers of the Madonna by Harold Moldenke
    *  Franciscan Crown Commemorates the seven joys of Mary and the 72 years she spent on Earth, according to Franciscan tradition.
    *  Historical Perspective : Mary Gardens
    *  History of the Infant Jesus of Prague by Anders Wong
    *  Infant Jesus of Prague by Ann Ball
    *  Learning to Talk by Laura Garcia (from Catholic Dossier, March/April 1997)
    *  Mary Gardens by Daniel Foley
    *  Nine First Fridays Receiving Holy Communion on the first Friday of nine consecutive months, part of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, is also a novena, though there are no special prayers prescribed.
    *  Rule of Life for Those Consecrated to Mary St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe
    *  Sacred Heart Devotions
    *  Sacred Heart of Jesus by Fr William Saunders
    *  Shedding Light on Use of Votive Candles by Fr William Saunders
    *  Sister Faustina and Devotion to the Divine Mercy by Fr Herbert de Launay
    *  Straight Answers: Understanding the Sacred Heart Devotion by Fr William Saunders
    *  Suppression of Popular Devotions in Today's Catholic Church by Noel J Augustyn
    *  Who is the Niño of Atocha? Good description of the typical image of el Santo Niño de Atocha.
    *  Why are candles lit in front of Mary's statue? 

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