“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 Psaltery, there have always been forms of prayer similar to the Rosary in the Church, which arose because of special intentions or needs.
For the salvation of the christian West (in 1456), the Angelus proved to be an effective prayer that released the rays of God's grace. The rosary, however, proved be even stronger in this concern.
The prayer of the rosary showed its power and effect in particular, as Christianity in
Europe was saved from its downfall several times by the rosary (
Heaven gives us a prayer through which the Church and Europe will shine brightly again,
purified of all her human weaknesses, freed from the stain of infidelity and apostasy:
The Rosary to the Patroness of the Christian West.
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 Christianisation of Europe, Heaven wishes the invocation of Mary under the title “Empress” and “Help of Christians”, and the veneration of her crown over Europe by means of 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”.
Mary's high position in God's plan of salvation, as Queen of Heaven and Earth, immaculately conceived always pure Virgin and at the same time true Mother of God, suggests to her highest dignity also the highest title of honour “Empress”.
Old paintings, songs and poems honoured her already in early Christianity (e.g. on a depiction in the Roman Priscilla Catacomb) under the title “Empress”, “High Empress” (12th century), "Empress of Christendom” (14th century) and in the invocation “Hail Mary Empress” (15th century until today) as the protector of 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 European 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 European rosary are prayed in honour of the crown of 12 stars that adorn Mary's head (Revelation 12: 1). This crown of Mary is the historical origin of the European flag, which to this day bears its golden circle 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 in 1636 to the venerable Discalced Carmelite Marguerite of the Blessed Sacrament (Marguerite du Saint-Sacrement). Also 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 unbridled egoism and hatred, discord and war ... of loss of faith and apostasy. God's law is frivolously broken, his name and day profaned.
Even within the Church, the danger of confusion, indiscipline and disobedience is so great that prayer has become essential 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, continue your contemplative gaze on Mary
and recognise that she is 'maternally and sympathetically present' ... and that she is
the helper of the Christian people in the unceasing 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 European 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, Our Lady desires the spread of Her image of the “Help of Christians”, to protect those families who place Her image of grace.
„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 a living echo in Aachen, when Charlemagne completed his palace chapel and dedicated it to Mary, the Help of Christians. Throughout history, countless pilgrims of large and small groups, have made the pilgrimage to St. Mary's Cathedral to pause at the miraculous image and ask for Mary's motherly protection for the Church and the world. – (St. John Paul II.)
In the preface to the coronation of the miraculous image in 1927, a variety of miracles are reported that have occurred in the course of European history, both with individual pilgrims and for the salvation of Christianity in Europe in general. Special witnesses are St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Bridget of Sweden, St. Peter Canisius and Bl. Hermann of Reichenau.
“It is difficult to describe the great veneration that was shown to the virgin Mother of God in Aachen in former times ... Many came to Aachen from distant regions, even from the middle of Pannonia, out of religious devotion, in order to show their devotion to the Blessed Mother of God 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. Every day, countless candles were lit by the faithful in front of the miraculous image. They held large supplications and processions through the town and the surrounding area, bringing flowers and ornaments for the image.
On 19 September 1915, the chapter decided to hold a large procession with the image of grace in thanksgiving for the protection from an enemy invasion and with the request for “a speedy peace”. On the Feast of the Rosary, 03 October 1915, the miraculous image was carried through the city in a rarely or never seen three-hour procession of about 20000 participants through the city.
Before the miraculous image, carried by Franciscans and Redemptorists and accompanied by Charlemagne marksmen, altar servers went with the coat of arms of the city and the Chapter. Behind them walked Cardinal von Hartmann, representatives of the authorities, the monastery and city clergy. 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 Aachener's indestructible trust in Mary's help.
As early as 1598, at the time of the Reformation, the Aacheners gave thanks before the miraculous image for their return from exile.When they entered the city, they marched in a festive procession to the altar of Mary, knelt before the miraculous image and offered prayers of thanksgiving while the choir sang the Te Deum. According to the commemorative publication for the the cathedral's anniversary in 1704, Mary's intercession was credited with restoring the Catholic faith and saving the city from all the wartime hardships of the time.
At all times, veneration of Our Lady of Aachen was associated with a genuine spirit of sacrifice and gratitude, as the many consecration gifts testify. Often they were gifts of thanksgiving for healing of illnesses.They were delivered personally or sent by messenger. 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 clergy, as well as many citizens of Aachen.
On 3 November 1965, the Congregation for Rites permitted the celebration of a votive mass “Mary, Help of Christians” for Aachen Cathedral with a separate mass formula for priests 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 may valiantly contend for the faith on earth and glorify thy glory in heaven.”
The pilgrims' reports about miraculous events promoted the devotion to Mary at her miraculous statue. Dr. theol. Johann Hubert Kessel (canon at St. Mary's Abbey) compiled the most important reports on miraculous healings from abbey records. After the demolition of the chapel, the crutches of the healed pilgrims, together with chains and shackles, were brought to a small room in the tower near the sanctuary chambers.
There were also many chains, shackles and leg irons hanging there in gratitude for the liberation from Turkish captivity. P. Leurenius SJ wrote in 1646: “The prison bands ... are venerable symbols of thanksgiving and of the powerful help which Our Lady gives to her devotees. Most of them came from Hungary and Bohemia, who fell into Turkish captivity and were freed by the power of Our Lady of Aachen. In thanksgiving for their salvation, they made a pilgrimage to Aachen and hung up their fetters here in the cathedral.”
During the restoration work, when the small ark of the figure, which had been renewed in 1676, was opened in the back of the Child Jesus, an intense aroma of incense emanated from it. The small bag containing the ashes of the old image of grace was not opened. On the patron saint's day of Aachen Cathedral, the feast of the Assumption of Mary with body and soul into heaven, the image of grace was again erected for veneration.
The idea of venerating Mary as empress was not uncommon to the early Church. In a depiction of the Priscilla Catacomb, she wears an imperial robe. In the Middle Ages too, the designation of Mary as Empress was widespread instead of the title Queen, which is common today. The fact that Mary is also venerated as Empress today is attested by the hymn “Hail Mary, Empress”, which was set to music in 1932 and included in the prayer and hymn book “Oremus” from 1949-1975, as well as in the diocesan part of the “GOTTESLOB” in 1975, which is the common hymn and prayer book for Aachen’s diocese.
In 1927 the miraculous image of Aachen was solemnly
crowned under the title
“Help of Christians” by order of Pope Pius XI.
about the miraculous image and its promises
Maria Kaiserin, Hilfe der Christen e. V.
Our concern is to spread the European Rosary, the medal and the miraculous image of Aachen in Europe at the request of Heaven; to awaken devotion to Our Lady as the “Help of Christians” in this time of urgent time of need, and thereby to obtain the graces promised by her for the protection of the European continent and its Christian families.
You can support the intentions of our association “Mary Empress,
Help of Christians” by often saying the prayer
“Hail Mary Empress” and the Rosary of Aachen
in honor of Mary's crown over Europe according to Our Lady's wishes, or by asking that it be prayed in your parish.
Our Lady also wishes that the Rosary of Aachen and the medal of her miraculous image are worn. You can give the European Rosary and the medal of the “Help of Christians” as a gift, distribute flyers and information booklets, or support us with a donation.
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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 graces and her intercession
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 graces and her intercession come to you.”