Jewish Fall Feasts 2021 and Our Lady of America
(some facts from www.Chabad.org)
Feast of Trumpets – Rosh Hashanah – begins sunset September 6, 2021, ends nightfall September 8. (Catholic Church celebrates September 8 – Birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
The Jewish New Year – the anniversary of the Creation of Adam and Eve, and a day of judgement and coronation of God as King. A time of gathering, rest, and repentance, to set things right with God and with one another.
Feast of Atonement – Yom Kippur – Holiest day of the year on the Hebrew calendar – begins sunset September 15, 2021, ends nightfall September 16. (Catholic Church celebrates September 15 – Our Lady of Sorrows. Our Lady of Sorrows Appeared to Sister Mary Ephrem[i])
The Holiest day of the year – the day on which we are closest to God and to the quintessence of our own souls. It is the Day of Atonement – “For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before God,” Leviticus 16:30. It is the Holy Humanity and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ that Atones for sins and makes possible the salvation and sanctification of souls. We are Forgiven and Restored through Him.
Feast of Tabernacles – Sukkot – begins sunset September 20, 2021, ends nightfall September 27. (September 23 is the anniversary of the Great Sign of Revelation in 2017. Additionally, September 24 is the Catholic Traditional Feast of Our Lady of Ransom, considered synonymous with Our Lady, Mother of Mercy, Who Appeared to Sister Mary Ephrem[ii]. Further, Our Lady of Lourdes began the Apparitions to Sister Mary Ephrem on September 25, 1956, connecting the healing waters of the Rome City, Indiana chapel with what would become the place of the Apparitions of Our Lady of America, The Immaculate Virgin, on September 26 and 27, 1956. The curative waters of this Blessed land may be the starting point of more Miracles than Lourdes and Fatima combined, as Promised by Our Lady of America.[iii])
The seven days of Sukkot – celebrated by dwelling in the sukkah, and rejoicing – is the holiday when we expose ourselves to the elements in covered huts, commemorating God’s sheltering our ancestors as they traveled from Egypt to the promised land. We express our unity and our belief in God’s Omnipresence. Coming after the solemn High Holidays, it is a time of joy and happiness. With Redemption and Sanctification, in Our Lord Jesus, Our Lady, Mary Most Holy, and through the Servant of God Luisa Piccarreta, the little daughter of the Divine Will, souls will be Restored to the Divine Life, the Most Holy Divine Will, as foretold by Our Lady of the Divine Indwelling to Sister Mary Ephrem.[iv]
On September 26, 2021, 65 years after the first Apparition of Our Lady of America, the planet Mars (associated with war) will appear in the constellation Virgo. This connects with the war taking place between good and evil on earth at this time. Mercury (referred as the son planet and to quickness), along with Mars, are known as ‘wandering stars.’ Mercury will loop in the constellation Virgo, traveling from the Omer, or sheaves in her hand, up her arm, then will loop back down her arm. Mars will meet with the sun, when Mercury appears in her hand of Omer, occurring on the Last Great Day, September 29, 2021. As the Holy Angels oversee all Creation, surely this represents a point in time, and what a time this is! This may fulfill Revelation 19:17 – “And I saw an Angel standing in the sun…”[v]
Shemini Atzeret – Last Great Day – begins sunset September 27, 2021, ends nightfall September 29. (Our Lady of America Appeared to Sister Mary Ephrem on September 27, 1956 (see previous footnote). St. Michael the Archangel Appeared and Spoke to Sister Mary Ephrem, including on His Feast day, September 29, 1955.[vi])
Following the seven joyous days of Sukkot, comes the happy holiday known as Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah – the Last Great Day.
With the plight of good souls on earth, suffering from the efforts of evil, may Our Heavenly Father Grant the Fulfillment of the Fall Feasts this year, 2021. May the Signs in the Heavens and the Work of the Holy Angels Awaken souls to the Calling of Our Lord through Our Lady of America, that souls embrace God’s Holy Will, reconcile with Our Lord and with others, and be Restored to the Divine Indwelling, the Possession of the Divine Will within, as from the beginning.
“When the Lord Restored the Fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad.
Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like streams in the Negeb!
Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.”
[i] Our Lady of Sorrows to Sister Mary Ephrem – date not recorded, only date of Sister’s letter to her confessor, Archbishop Paul F. Leibold, noted – 4/25/57) “I am indeed the Mother of Sorrows, and it is My children who pierce My Heart. Their lives are filled with vanity and selfishness. They love My Son with their lips but not in their hearts. They refuse to follow Me and My Son along the Way of the Cross, because they have no love. 4 Love gives, love does not count the cost. But for most souls, love asks too much. They are willing to receive, in abundance, but they will not give. A full heart cannot receive love. It must first be emptied. It must give all, then it will receive all. Oh My children, give Me your hearts, emptied of all self-seeking and sinful pleasures, and I will fill it with Divine Love. I will give you Jesus, to hold in your hearts. He will fill it and then, Jesus will Live in you and Work through you for the Glory of His Father. Oh My children turn your Mother’s Sorrow into Joy. Take the Sword out of My Wounded Heart by doing what I Ask. I Seek only the Glory of My Son and your greater good. Listen to your Mother’s Voice and be the Consolation of My Immaculate Heart” (Letter from Sist Mary Ephrem to her confessor Archbishop +Leibold, 04/25/57).
[ii] Our Lady, Mother of Mercy to Sister Mary Ephrem – date not recorded, only date Sister’s letter to her confessor, Archbishop Paul F. Leibold noted – 5/5/57) “Our Lady showed Herself to me today as the Mother of Mercy. With Her Arms extended, Her Blue Mantle affording a Safe Refuge for the sinner, She said, “I am the Mother of Mercy. Under My Mantle I will hide My children. The Justice of God will not reach them if they seek Refuge ‘neath the Protection of My Mercy…I am that Faithful Mother who never forsakes Her children. Honor Me by your confidence and love. This I Desire and ask of you My poor children. Do not deny the Wishes of your Mother.” (2nd Sunday after Easter – Sister to Rev. Leibold 5/5/57)
[iii] Our Lady of America, The Immaculate Virgin to Sister Mary Ephrem – “In the fall of 1956, I (Sister Mary Ephrem) was sent to help out at Kneipp Springs, Rome City, Indiana. It was at this place that the official Visits of Our Lady began and the special mission Revealed. This is the account as it was written at that time: On the eve of the Feast of the North American Martyrs, as I was making the Holy Hour from 7:00 to 8:00, I was conscious of the distinct and special feeling of the Presence of Our Lady. She stood by my side and Spoke to me. I felt rather than saw Her, though I did see a part of Her gown which was white and a small portion of Her blue sash. I was under the impression that She came as Our Lady of Lourdes and She Herself Confirmed this. Our Lady Promised that greater miracles than those Granted in Lourdes and Fatima would be Granted here in America, the United States in particular, if we would do as She Desires. These are the Words She Spoke to me at this time: “I am Pleased, My child, with the love and honor My children in America give to Me, especially through My Glorious and Unique Privilege of the Immaculate Conception. I Promise to reward their love by Working through the Power of My Son’s Heart and My Immaculate Heart, miracles of Grace among men. I do not Promise miracles of the body, but of the soul.” Our Lady emphasized this very much. She is Anxiously Concerned about our inner life. She continued: 2 “For it is mainly through these miracles of Grace that the Holy Trinity is Glorified among men and Nations. Let America continue and grow in its love for Me and I in Return, in Union with the Heart of My Son, Promise to Work Wonders in her. My child, I Desire that this be known.” (Sister continues) It was the morning of September 26th of the same year, Feast of the American Martyrs. Mass had just been concluded and thanksgiving over, that is in Community form. There were a few minutes left when suddenly Our Lady Appeared before me, Enveloped in a Soft Glow of Light. I knew with unmistakable certainty that it was She, though She did not Speak immediately. What I noticed was the Smile on Our Lady’s Beautiful Countenance and the Lily She held in Her right hand. She wore a white Veil, which reached almost to the waist, also a Mantle and Robe which were of a pure white, not one single decoration of any kind. She wore a High and Brilliant Crown of Gold. Her hair seemed of medium brown, also the eyes. Her feet were bare. I did not always see them as Our Lady stood on Clouds that moved and so sometimes covered Her Blessed feet. She continued to Smile, then I saw Her Heart Appear, encircled with red roses, the Symbol of Suffering as it was revealed to me, and sending forth Flames of Fire. With Her left hand Our Lady seemed to be holding up slightly, the upper part of the Mantle, so that Her Immaculate Heart could be seen. Then Solemnly and Distinctly, in calm yet Majestic Tones I heard the Words: “I am Our Lady of America. I desire that My children honor Me especially, by the purity of their lives.” She was so Beautiful and Her Smile held me. But I became conscious of the fact that the Community was leaving the Chapel and I, too, had to go as Obedience directed me. I said to Our Lady, “Please forgive me, Mother, but I do have to go now, else my work will not get finished.” Our Lady understood, but did not leave me. When I entered my room, Our Lady was there waiting for me. Then I noticed the green color of the Lily stem, also that Our Lady wore a white sash or belt around Her waist. It seemed to be made of the same material as the Robe. There were no ends of it to be seen at all and it was narrow, very narrow. As I had to hurry about my tasks, I could not give Our Lady all the attention I longed to, but every now and then I would direct a glance of love towards Her. Our Lady stood there Smiling as I had seen Her in the Chapel. All that day I was conscious of Our Lady’s Presence in a Very Special Manner, in a Way that was distinctly new to me. I also saw Her 3 frequently. Our Lady seemed Anxious to impress me with the Truth and Importance of Her Appearance. During the last half of the Holy Hour, four to five in the afternoon, the Immaculate Virgin Spoke to me at length in these Words: “My child, I entrust you with the message that you must make known to My children in America. I wish it to be the country dedicated to My Purity. The Wonders I will Work will be the wonders of the soul. They must have faith and believe firmly in My Love for them. I Desire that they be the children of My Pure Heart. I Desire, through My children of America, to further the cause of faith and purity among peoples and Nations. Let them come to Me with confidence and simplicity, and I, their Mother, will Teach them to become pure Like to My Heart that their own hearts may be more pleasing to the Heart of My Son.” On September 27th Our Lady again Appeared to me while I was at prayer. She held the world in Her hands. From Her eyes Tears were Flowing upon it as though She Longed to Cleanse it from its guilt. It was then I heard these Words filled with Sorrow and Longing: “Behold, oh My children, the Tears of your Mother. Shall I Weep in vain? Assuage the Sorrow of My Heart over the ingratitude of sinful men by the love and chasteness of your lives. Will you do this for Me, beloved children, or will you allow your Mother to Weep in vain? I Come to you, oh children of America, as a last resort. I Plead with [you] to listen to My Voice. Cleanse your souls in the Precious Blood of My Son. Live in His Heart, and take Me in that I may Teach you to live in great purity of heart which is so pleasing to God. Be My army of chaste soldiers, ready to fight to the death to preserve the purity of your souls. I am the Immaculate One, Patroness of your Land. Be My faithful children as I have been your Faithful Mother. These are My Words, oh My daughter. Make them known to My children. I Desire to make the whole of America My Shrine by making every heart accessible to the Love of My Son.” (letter of Sister Mary Ephrem to her confessor +Archbishop Paul Frances Leibold dated 2/20/60)
[iv] Our Lady of the Divine Indwelling to Sister Mary Ephrem – “Our Lady Appeared, standing on a globe, Her right foot resting on a crescent moon, the left on the snout of a small fire breathing dragon. She was Dressed all in White and Her hair could be seen through Her transparent Veil which was long enough to half envelope the globe. The Veil was held about Her Head by a Wreath of White Roses, and a White Rose rested on each foot. On Her Breast, the Triangle and the Eye, the Symbol of the Divine Indwelling, could be visibly seen. A strong Beam of Light shown from the Divine Presence within Our Lady onto the globe at Her feet. Then halfway around the figure of Our Lady above Her Head Appeared a Scroll on which were written in letters of Gold the Words: “All the Glory of the King’s Daughter is Within” (Psalm 44) Though it did not appear that Her Lips moved, I heard these words quite plainly: ‘I am Our Lady of the Divine Indwelling, Handmaid of Him Who Dwells Within.’ (Sister to Rev. Leibold 11/23/57) The Appearance of Our Lady of the Divine Indwelling is of course a Call to every soul to become Pure, Living Temples of God. Her Life was very simple like ours yet in what Depths of Holiness She Lived. Our Mother spent Her Life in Him, the Divine Presence Within Her. It is Her Desire that we imitate Her above all in this. For He Alone is our Sanctification.” (Sister Mary Ephrem to Archbishop Leibold 12/2/57)
[v]Revelation 19:11-21 – “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called faithful and true, and with justice doth he judge and fight. And his eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many diadems, and he had a name written, which no man knoweth but himself. And he was clothed with a garment sprinkled with blood; and his name is called, THE WORD OF GOD. And the armies that are in heaven followed him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth proceedeth a sharp two-edged sword; that with it he may strike the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of God the Almighty.
And he hath on his garment, and on his thigh written: KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. And I saw an Angel standing in the sun, and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that did fly through the midst of heaven: Come, gather yourselves together to the great supper of God: That you may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of tribunes, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all freemen and bondmen, and of little and of great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies gathered together to make war with him that sat upon the horse, and with his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet, who wrought signs before him, wherewith he seduced them who received the character of the beast, and who adored his image. These two were cast alive into the pool of fire, burning with brimstone. And the rest were slain by the sword of him that sitteth upon the horse, which proceedeth out of his mouth; and all the birds were filled with their flesh.”
[vi] St. Michael the Archangel to Sister Mary Ephrem, in letter written by Sister Mary Ephrem to Archbishop Leibold – dated Feast of St. Michael Sept. 29, 1955, from 402 E. Monroe St. Phoenix, Arizona. “Before Our Lady’s coming two incidents occurred which it would seem well to state beforehand as they have a direct connection with Our Lady’s visits in so far as they seem to convey the necessity of a special preparation for them. The first of these happenings was experienced when I was stationed at the Mission House in Ottawa, Ohio. It took place around the middle of the year 1954. I do not remember the exact date as I did not intend ever saying anything about it. I was sitting in the room next to the kitchen with the intention of saying some of my prayers. Almost at the very moment I began then I saw an Angel. I knew/this immediately, although the apparition did not reveal itself as such until later. I saw the Angel standing before me towards the left. He was dressed in a white robe or garment, which was perfectly plain and perfectly white. He was holding a palm in his left hand. The palm was a beautiful green color. The whiteness of his robe stood out against the darkness about him. It was like a light in the midst of darkness. I saw all this at a glance. The Angel said to me, “Receive the Palm of Victory.” I became suspicious. I couldn’t think of any victory that I had ever had that deserved such a reward. “You do not believe me. Will you accept the Cross?” For me this was more familiar ground. I said, yes, I would accept the Cross. To which he replied, “Then you will accept the Palm and the Sword. With the Sword the Saints conquered themselves, the world and the devil. I am the Angel of Peace. I come to those whose hearts are attuned to the Voice of God. To such as these I remain a Perpetual Light through blinding darkness. I am sent by Him who said, ‘I AM the Light of the world.’” When I came here, Father, I wanted something special to read and somehow couldn’t find what I wanted. So, in the end I chose Joan of Arc. I can see that the Holy Spirit directed me in this. Towards the end of the book, I read that St. Michael is sometimes called the Angel of Peace. I never knew that. Then I understood Who it was that had come to me…He called me “little maid” and “little Joan”. He told me the “Big Maid” the “Big Joan”, as he called her had a great battle to fight, but though it was very great, that which I must fight is yet greater as it is mainly against the powers of evil, and besides the forces against all good are much greater now than they were then. While in Chapel this morning, Father, a Voice said to me, “Little white dove of Jesus, I have been sent by Him to defend you from the Powers of Evil.” On the Eve of his Feast, the temptation came to me again, that I was being deceived. This thought frightened me, as it always does. At that moment a voice said to me. “You are not being deceived. You are too simple to be deceived.”