“This prayer is precious:
The more it is prayed, the more my light
will shine over Aachen and Europe.“
through the rosary to the patroness of the Christian Occident
In addition to the rosary psalter, there have always been rosary-like prayer forms in the Catholic Church that have arisen because of special concerns or special needs.
For the salvation of the Occident (in 1456), the Angelus already proved to be an effective prayer through which the rays of God's grace were released. The rosary, however, proved be even stronger.
The prayer of the rosary showed its power and effect in particular, as Christianity in
Europe was saved from its ruin several times by the rosary (
Heaven gives us a prayer through which the Church and Europe will shine bright again,
cleansed of all their human weaknesses, freed from the stain of unfaithfulness and apostasy:
The rosary to the Patroness of the Christian Occident.
for the protection of families and for a Christian Europe
“Through the medal and through this particular rosary,
a change will take place in Europe as in Cana:
the Lord will, through the mediation of Mary,
turn the water into wine.”
For the protection of families and for a new Christianization of Europe, Heaven wishes the invocation of Mary under the title “Empress” and “Help of Christians”, and the veneration of her crown over Europe with 12 beads of a special rosary.
Since time immemorial, the miraculous image of Mary in the High Cathedral of Aachen, the coronation site of many emperors and kings, has been affectionately called “Empress of Aachen”.
The high position of Mary in God's plan of salvation, as Queen of heaven and earth, immaculately received always pure virgin and at the same time the true Mother of God, suggests to her highest dignity also the highest honorary title “Empress”.
Old paintings, songs and poems honored her already in early Christianity (e.g. on a representation in the Roman Priscilla catacomb) under the title “Empress”, “High Empress” (12th century), "Empress of Christians” (14th century) and in the invocation “Hail Mary Empress” (15th century until today) as protector of the Aachen, Germany and as the “Help of Christians”.
Due to numerous miracles, Aachen’s miraculous image was venerated by many saints under the title “Empress” and “Help of Christians” (such as St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Peter Canisius and Bl. Hermann of Reichenau (author of the Salve Regina)).
The heart piece of the rosary is the medal of the miraculous image of the “Help of the Christians” in the High Cathedral of Aachen.
The Europa rosary is prayed like the traditional rosary. After each mystery, the Fatima prayer “O my Jesus” and the prayer “Hail Mary Empress” are said.
The 12 beads of the Europa rosary are prayed in honor of the crown of 12 stars that adorn the head of Mary (Revelation 12: 1). This crown of Mary is the historical origin of the European flag, which to this day carries its golden wreath of stars on blue ground.
A rosary with 12 beads is not unknown to the Church. The Chaplet of the Infant Jesus of Prague, which is also prayed on 12 beads of “Hail Mary”, can be traced back in the same way to a revelation of the Most Blessed Virgin, which occurred to the venerable Discalced Carmelite Marguerite of the Blessed Sacrament (Marguerite du Saint-Sacrement) in 1636. As well the rosary to the Immaculate Conception, which was recorded by the venerable Archbishop Bonaventura Barberini OFMCap (✝1743), is prayed on 12 beads. It was provided with rich indulgences by Pope Pius IX.
Help of Christians, Mother of Europe
Loss of his Christian identity
Darkness lies over Europe, the darkness of sins committed, justified and no longer confessed ... of lust and impurity ... of rampant egoism and hatred, discord and war ... of loss of faith and apostasy. God's law is frivolously broken, his name and day desecrated.
Even within the Church, the danger of confusion, indiscipline and disobedience is so great that prayer has become indispensable for every bishop, priest and consecrated soul.
“Europe of the third millennium, 'do not let your hands fall!" (Zef 3:16); Do not lose heart, do not adapt to ways of thinking and living that have no future, as they are not based on the unshakable certainty of the Word of God! ... ”
“Church in Europe, therefore keep your contemplative gaze on Mary
and recognize that she is 'present maternal and sympathetic' ... and that she is
the helper of the Christian people in the ceaseless struggle between good and
»Hail Mary Empress,
Help of Christians,
pray for the diocese consecrated to you, especially for the bishop, all priests and
consecrated souls and most particularly for a Christian Europe. Amen.«
through the rosary, the medal and the miraculous image of Aachen
“Through more intensity, more trust and more fervour in this prayer, abundant graces will come over Europe. Therefore, pray often the prayer ‘Hail Mary Empress’ to receive my protection over you and the continent.”
“Through the medal and through this particular rosary, a change will take place in Europe as in Cana: the Lord will, through the mediation of Mary, turn the water into wine.”
“The more often and the more this prayer is prayed, the more the darkness of Europe will give way! For Aachen is and remains the spiritual point from which I will renew the world in Me.”
“In Europe, Satan’s hatred rages against all that is Christian! A great and painful trial will soon come upon Europe, as the offences against my son increase daily, yes, at every hour, more and more, and now the chalice is full! Only your prayer and reparation can still prevent God’s arm from lashing out.”
“The diabolical terrorist attacks in Europe will multiply; a lot of blood will be shed for the sake of my son’s name! But I promise you: All those who wear the European rosary and the medal will be especially protected and spared by me, yes, they and their families! Wear the medal and pray the Rosary from Aachen fervently and more often!”
“If only you knew what my motherhood means.” “I long for my statue of the ‘Empress of Aachen’ and ‘Help of Christians’ to come to families everywhere so that I can be present and take part.”
“Say this prayer and let it pray everywhere as often as possible! The world and the church need this prayer from Aachen, this key to light!”
„My presence will be a source of protection and consolation for you, a source of trust and hope, of peace of heart and peace in families, particularly in this difficult present time of tribulation and struggle, so that I can bring about abundant graces. The time has now come to make this known and to pray.”
for the protection of families and a new Christianization of Europe
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Through the Europe rosary, heaven promises a Christian change in Europe, “as in
Cana”: through the mediation of Mary as “Empress of Aachen” and “Help of
“Through more spiritual strength, more trust and more fervour in this prayer, abundant graces will come over Europe. Therefore, pray often the prayer ‘Hail Mary Empress’ to gain my protection over you and the continent.” (Promise of Our Lady)
By wearing the medal, the Mother of God promises her protection in a time of
purification and tribulation soon to come to Europe.
“This medal that can either be worn or attached to the rosary will bring abundant graces to those who do so ... This medal in combination with a special rosary (12 Hail Mary in honor of her crown over Europe) will, however, pour out an abundance of light and spiritual well-being“ (promise of our Lord Jesus Christ).
For a coming time of great tribulation for all Christians in Europe, especially the consecrated, the Mother of God wishes to spread her image of the “Help of Christians”, to protect those families who put up this picture.
„My presence will be a source of protection and comfort, a source of trust and hope, of peace of heart and peace in families particularly in this difficult present time of tribulation and struggle, so that I can bring about abundant graces.”
Empress of Aachen and Mother of Europe
“I was glad when they said to me, let us go to the house of the Lord!” (Ps 122,1). For more than 1200 years, the joyful call of the psalmist has found lively echoes in Aachen when Charlemagne completed his palace chapel and consecrated it to Mary, the Help of Christians. In the course of history, countless pilgrims, big and small, have made the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Mary to pause at the miraculous image and to ask for the maternal protection of Mary for the Church and the world. – (St. John Paul II.)
In the preface to the coronation of the miraculous image in 1927 there are reports of many miracles that have occurred in the course of the European history, both to individual pilgrims and to the rescue of Christianity in Europe in general. Special contemporary witnesses are St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Peter Canisius and Bl. Hermann of Reichenau.
“It is hard to describe the great admiration that was shown to the Virgin Mother of God in Aachen ... Many came from distant regions, even in the middle of Pannonia, for religious devotion to Aachen, in order to show their devotion to the Blessed Mother through pious generosity and generous piety. " – (St. Peter Canisius)
Shortly after the beginning of World War I, the miraculous image was again placed close to the people for veneration. Countless candles burned every day in front of the miraculous image of believers, who held great prayers and processions through the city and the surrounding area and brought flowers and jewelry for the miraculous image.
On September 19th, 1915, the collegiate chapter decided to hold a large procession with the miraculous image as thanks for being saved from an enemy incursion and with the request for "an early peace". On the feast oft he Holy Rosary, October 3rd, 1915, the miraculous image was carried through the city in a seldom or never seen three-hour procession of around 20,000 participants.
In front of the miraculous image, which was carried by the Franciscans and Redemptorists and accompanied by Charles Riflemen, acolytes went with the coat of arms of the city and the collegiate chapter. Cardinal von Hartmann, representatives of the authorities, the collegiate and city clergy, stepped behind them. A large number of soldiers and wounded from the military hospitals took part in the procession under the leadership of a captain. It became an impressive demonstration of the indestructible trust of the Aacheners in Mary's help.
Already in 1598, at the time of the Reformation, the Aacheners thanked the miraculous image for their return from exile.When they entered the city, they made a festive procession to the altar of Mary, kneeled down in front of the miraculous image and performed Thanksgiving prayers as the choir sang the Te Deum. According to the commemorative publication for the anniversary of the cathedral in 1704, the restoration of the Catholic faith and the rescue of the city from all war hardships of the time, was attributed to the intercession of Mary.
At all times, the veneration of the Blessed Mother of Aachen was associated with a real spirit of sacrifice and gratitude, as the many consecration gifts testify. Often times they were gifts of thanks for healing illnesses.They were delivered in person or sent by courier. The donors were archbishops and bishops, kings and imperial princes, counts and other nobles from Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bohemia and France, also deans, canons and collegiate priests, as well as many Aachen citizens.
On November 3, 1965, the Congregation for Rites allowed the celebration of a votive mass “Mary, Help of Christians” for Aachen Cathedral with a separate mass formula for priests who went on a pilgrimage to the miraculous image, as well as for all masses in front of groups of pilgrims. The oration read: “Grant, we beseech Thee, almighty God, by the goodness of our helper Mary, that we fight valiantly on earth for the faith and glorify your glory in heaven.”
The pilgrims' reports about wonderful events promoted the veneration of Mary at her miraculous statue. Canon Dr. theol. Johann Hubert Kessel compiled the most important reports on wonderful healings from the cathedral chapter files. After the chapel was demolished, the crutches of the healed pilgrims, including chains and shackles, were brought to a small room in the tower near the sanctuary chambers.
Many chains, shackles and ankle cuffs were also hanging there as thanks for the liberation from Turkish captivity. P. Leurenius SJ wrote in 1646: “The dungeon shackles ...are venerable thanksgiving and symbols of powerful help, which the Blessed Mother gives to her devotees. Most of them came from Hungary and Bohemia, which were captured by the Turks and freed by the power of the Mother of God from Aachen. In thanks for their salvation, they made a pilgrimage to Aachen and hung their shackles here in the cathedral as thanks.”
In 1987 the miraculous image was restored for over six months. The figure was once renewed in 1676. When in 1987 drawer in the back of the infant Jesus was opened during restoration work,an intense scent of incense escaped from it, The little bag of the box with the ashes of the old miraculous image was not opened. At the patronage of Aachen Cathedral, the feast of the Assumption of Mary with body and soul into heaven, the miraculous image was set up again for veneration.
The thought of venerating Mary as empress was not uncommon even in the early Church. In a depiction of the Priscilla Catacomb, she wears an imperial robe. Even in the Middle Ages, the designation of Mary as empress was widespread instead of the title queen, which is common today. The fact that Mary is venerated as Empress even today, is testified by the song “Hail Mary, Empress”, das in 1932 vertont wurde und von 1949–1975 Aufnahme in das Gebet- und Gesangbuch „Oremus“, sowie in 1975 in den Diözesanteil des „GOTTESLOB“ fand.
In 1927 the miraculous statue of Aachen was solemnly
crowned under the title
“Help of Christians” on behalf of Pope Pius XI.
about the miraculous image and its promises
Maria Kaiserin, Hilfe der Christen e. V.
It is our concern to spread the Europe Rosary, the medal and the miraculous image of Aachen in Europe at the request of heaven; in order to awaken the devotion to her as the “Help of Christians” in this time of urgent need and thereby to receive the graces she promised to protect the European continent and Christian families.
You can support the concerns of our association “Mary Empress,
Help of Christians” by often saying the prayer
“Hail Mary Empress” and praying the Rosary of Aachen in honor of Mary's crown over
Europe, asking that it be prayed in your parish.
The Mother of God wishes that the rosary of Aachen and the medal of her miraculous image are worn. You can give away the Europe rosary and the medal of the “Help of Christians”, distribute flyers and information brochures, or support us with a donation.
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We are already being informed about special prayer hearings worldwide, which were received through the prayer of the Europe Rosary and the veneration of the miraculous image of Aachen. For our apostolate it is helpful if you inform us about a special prayer hearing (you're free to tell us anonymously).
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“This prayer is like a golden
that opens my and my mother’s heart
and from there lets the rays
of my grace and her mediation
come to you.”
“This prayer is like a golden key that opens my and my mother’s heart and from there lets the rays of my grace and her mediation come to you. ”