Marian Devotion

Resolution on Marian Devotion adopted by the 127th Supreme Convention on Aug. 6, 2009.

127th Supreme Convention

WHEREAS, the Church gives special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, who from ancient times has been honored with the title of “Mother of God”; and

 WHEREAS, the liturgical feasts dedicated to Mary, and Marian prayers such as the rosary, which the Church calls the “compendium of the Gospel,” express this enduring devotion to the Virgin Mary; and

 WHEREAS, the Church reminds us that to pray the rosary is nothing other than to contemplate with Mary the face of Christ; and

 WHEREAS, Pope John Paul II called for a revival of the rosary in Christian families as the most effective way to counter the ideological forces of disintegration that are attacking the family; and

 WHEREAS, Father Patrick Peyton, a devoted brother Knight, instituted a nationwide Family Rosary Crusade and popularized the phrase, “The family that prays together stays together”; and

 WHEREAS, every new member of the Knights of Columbus is presented with a special Knights of Columbus rosary and is urged to carry it with him always and to pray it whenever possible; and

 WHEREAS, upon assuming office on October 1, 2000, Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson dedicated his administration to the Blessed Mother under her title Our Lady of Guadalupe, thus renewing devotion to her throughout the Order; and

 WHEREAS, from the 16th century to our present day, the Church has continuously honored Our Lady of Guadalupe; and

 WHEREAS, today Our Lady of Guadalupe holds many titles, including Patroness of the Americas, Patroness of Mexico, Patroness of the Philippines, Patroness of the Unborn, Star of the New World, Star of the New Evangelization and Mother of the Civilization of Love; and

 WHEREAS, Pope John Paul II, speaking at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Marian heart of America, proclaimed that this Continent of Hope must also be a Continent of Life, and that the Church will always speak out as a prophetic voice against the culture of death; and

 WHEREAS, Pope Benedict XVI has reminded us that through the tender love of Our Lady of Guadalupe we can hear and respond to the words of Christ: “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19);

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Knights of Columbus renews its devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, to Marian prayer and to the rosary as a way to strengthen the family and to spread the Gospel of Life; and

 FURTHER RESOLVED, that we pray for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe to guide our local councils in their charitable efforts and to guide the work of the Knights of Columbus as a worldwide Order; and

 FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call upon our brother Knights to pray for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe to guide the political leaders and citizens of the Americas to respect the inherent dignity of the person and to act according to the requirements of justice for every person, from the moment of conception to natural death; and

 FURTHER RESOLVED, that we commit ourselves to pray for the maternal intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe so that the new evangelization may bring about a flourishing of a culture of life in the Americas; and

 FURTHER RESOLVED, that we invite the lay faithful to join with the Knights of Columbus in celebrating the first International Marian Congress devoted to Our Lady of Guadalupe from August 6-8, 2009, in Phoenix, immediately following the Supreme Convention.