Our Lady of China - Mary's Apparition to God's Beloved Children in China

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"...A woman in white appeared above the settlement, and the rioters' bullets were aimed at her. When the apparition did not fade, attackers had not even time to reorganize because a strange horseman put them to flight."

 

THE POSITION OF THE CHURCH - APPROVED

Our Lady of China is the name given to an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Donglu, China, first appearing in 1900.

The mother of Christ appeared in China showing herself as the protector and defender for helpless and the righteous.  The significance of this apparition is just being realized now... as China begins to take center stage in the Global World and Economy.

Mary hopes for a China that could become a shiny beacon of light, a nation where the family is valued, where all Life is protected and the Chinese people have the right to freely worship the great God Almighty.  China could become the hope of the world.

On the other hand, If China went down a different path - one of darkness and persecution - then God himself would send his army to protect his beloved children.

An officially-sanctioned image of Our Lady of China was blessed, granted and promulgated by Pope Pius XI in 1928, in response to the requests made by the 1924 Shanghai Synod of Bishops in China, the first national conference of bishops in the country. Following the event, Archbishop Celso Costantini, Apostolic Delegate in China, along with all the bishops of China, declared the Chinese people dedicated to Our Lady of China, using the official image. In 1941, Pope Pius XII designated the feast day as an official feast of the Catholic liturgical calendar. In 1973, following the Second Vatican Council, the Chinese Bishops conference, upon approval from the Holy See, placed the feast day on the vigil (day preceding) of Mothers Day (the second Sunday of May).

Christian devotion to Our Lady of China has been popular in Donglu.

Several churches, chapels, and pastoral centers around the world, predominantly those focused on ministry to Chinese-speaking Catholics, have adopted the name, including a mission in Washington, DC. There is a Chapel of Our Lady of China in the National Shrine of the United States in Washington, DC, established and dedicated in 2002 under the Most Rev. Michael J. Bransfield. There has been some controversy because the image used in the Chapel is not the officially approved image of Our Lady of China, but instead a different Chinese image of the Virgin Mary.

The Virgin of Sheshan is another, similar apparition which has attained like acclamation and fame among Chinese Christians.

 

 
BACKGROUND OF OUR LADY IN CHINA
Our Lady of China appeared near Peiping. It stands in a village named Tong Lu. A Poor Mission was started there by the Vincentian Fathers. It was a poor place, perhaps the poorest in the whole region, formerly called "the place of beggars." In 1900, there were some seven hundred Christians gathered about the little hamlet. Suddenly, the famous Boxer rebellion swept China and grew to such proportions, that even small places like Tong Lu could not escape its fury. In April 1900, a force of ten thousand rioters attacked Tong Lu. The soldiers, in senseless rage, started to shoot into the sky. Then suddenly they fled, frightened, and never came back again. According to the legend, a woman in white appeared above the settlement, and the rioters' bullets were aimed at her. When the apparition did not fade, attackers had not even time to reorganize because a strange horseman put them to flight. Soon after they had disappeared beyond the horizon. Father Wu, a Chinese priest, confessed to his flock that he invoked the help of Mary. A new church was built on the site and Father Wu placed a picture of Our Lady on the main altar. He asked the painter to dress Our Lady in the royal robes of the dowager Empress Tzi-Hsi. The image of the Blessed Virgin in the royal robes of the pagan Empress, with the Christ Child on her knees, is vivid expression of Chinese tradition. It is a shrine of the Mother and her Son. Though her robes be pagan, she belongs to every age, to all people and to every race. As was told and promised in the Old Testament: "I am the mother of fair love, and of fear, and of knowledge and of holy hope."

The Tong Lu church was completely destroyed recently by the Chinese Communists, but the picture of Our Lady of China remains intact because only a copy of the picture was used in the church. The original was hidden in the wall behind the copy, and this was recovered and found intact. It is now in possession of Chinese priests who carry out their activities in disguise.

Continued Persecution of the Underground Church in China

Bishop JIA Zhiguo, the underground Roman Catholic bishop of Zhengding, Hebei, was arrested on March 20, 2002. Bishop JIA is 67 years old and was ordained a bishop in 1980. He was previously in jail for approximately 20 years. He was released shortly after our press release and has been under strict surveillance for many years….. Father PANG Yongxing, 30 years of age, was arrested in his home in December 2001. On Easter Sunday, March 31, 2002, Father MA Shunbao, 50 years of age, was arrested while he was offering Holy Mass. Father WANG Limao, 32 years of age, was arrested on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2002, also while offering Holy Mass. All three priests belong to the underground Roman Catholic Church in Baoding, Hebei. On July 7, 2002, they were sentenced to three years of labor camp for “disturbing the peace of society” under the “cult” law….. Six Roman Catholics from Wenzhou, Zhejiang went to DongLu in Baoding, Hebei for a pilgrimage in May 2002 and were arrested by the authorities. They were fined a total of JMP 30,800 (US $ 3,850) for “illegal pilgrimage.” They were released soon after the fine was paid. …..On July 18, 2002, in Dong-An village, Fujian province, 31 underground Roman Catholics, 26 of whom were students under 18 years of age, were arrested during a summer vacation catechism class in a private home. Among the 31 arrested were a Catholic nun, Sister Chen Mei, 27 years of age, and four chaperons. The children and chaperons were released after one day. The situation of Sister Chen Mei is unknown…..Bishop WEI Jingyi, 44 years of age, the underground Roman Catholic Bishop of Qiqihar, Heilongjiang, was arrested Sept 9, 2002. He was too released shortly after our press release.

Annual “Coast to Coast” Masses for the Underground Church in China

The Cardinal Kung Foundation is promoting the celebration of an annual Mass for the persecuted underground Roman Catholic Church in China. The Foundation has chosen, as the annual date for this Mass, the Sunday before October 1, which is the National Day of the founding the People's Republic of China and also the anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s canonization of the 120 blessed martyr saints of China

 

Our Lady of Peking China

敬賀耶穌聖誕佳節普天同慶,願聖嬰賜您平安喜樂
恭祝中華聖母敬禮八十週年,願慈母賜您溫和良善

        末鐸對中華聖母特別鍾情,過去曾在晉鐸銀慶和金慶敬選中華聖母像為紀念像,今年為慶祝聖誕節和2004年的禧慶,再一次恭選用此像向諸位暢述心懷,以表賀忱。

        緬懷八十年前,即1924年教宗比約十一世委宗座首位駐華代表剛恒毅總主教〈以後榮昇樞機〉在上海召開第一屆中國主教會議,議定特敬中華聖母,並由全體與會主教將中國奉獻於中華聖母,同時共同選用一張聖母像作為:標準中華聖母像;所選定的聖母像為:河北省保定城南東閭村大聖堂內供奉的聖母像。

        參加全國主教會議的保定教區主教滿德貽返回教區後,立刻通知本堂神父,並商議把東閭聖堂闢為中華聖母朝聖地,通知全國各地,來東閭朝聖。

        朝聖的活動直至1937年日本侵略中國戰爭停止。在此十年中朝聖行列中重要人物有:首任駐華代表剛恒毅總主教和第二駐華代表蔡寧主教,有北京、天津、保定、安國、獻縣等教區主教二十餘位;此外,尚有于斌〈後榮昇樞機〉,雷鳴遠二位神父及各地神父百餘位均前後來東閭朝聖。至論教友朝聖數字,據東閭本堂神父於1931年報導,僅在這一年就有兩萬五千教友來東閭朝聖。在此朝聖期間,中華聖母所顯奇蹟,有垂死病童迅速康復,盲者復明,癱子行走等若干個案。

        可惜東閭聖堂於1941年被日軍炮火追摧毀。於1992年重建,規模更為雄偉,而且恢復若干朝聖活動,如聖體在東閭村街道遊行,但不久後受到限制,僅能在聖堂和聖堂外院牆內舉行。

        此外,中華聖母在海外敬禮除中華聖母像普遍流傳,和文字宣傳外,每年五月第二個主日前夕由台灣區主教團規定為中華聖母節日,華人無不慶祝,最值得一提的是在台灣台南市開山路於1964年由羅光主教建築一座中國式壯觀的中華聖母聖堂,而且於1974年,建堂十年慶之際,由台灣各位主教,全體神父大眾教友,群集於此聖堂,慶祝敬禮中華聖母五十週年大典。但願今年2004年八十週年在此聖堂有類似慶典。

        末鐸做此報告的目的:一則切願敦請諸位長輩和親朋好友藉此機會加強對中華聖母的敬禮;二則末鐸根據收集的資料所寫『中華聖母敬禮史化』即將出版,預做宣傳。

                           末鐸    宋稚青  鞠躬


Prayer to Our Lady of China

Hail, Holy Mary, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
Mother of all nations and all people.
You are the special heavenly Mother of the Chinese people.

Teach us your way of total obedience to God's will.
Help us to live our lives true to our faith.
Fill our hearts with burning love for God and each other.
Stir up in our youth an unconditional giving of self to the service of God.

We call on your powerful intercession for peace, reconciliation and unity among believers
and the conversion of the unbelievers in China and throughout the world,
for God's mercy is our only hope.

Our Lady of China, Mother of Jesus, hear our petitions and pray for us.
Amen.

Source: Daisy Y.Y. Lin, MD, MPH
Imprimatur: Bishop William E. Lori, Bishop of Bridgeport Connecticut