January 31, 2016

Feast of Blessed Maria Cristina, Queen of the Two Sicilies

Blessed Queen Maria Cristina 
of the Two Sicilies
January 31st is the Feast Day of Blessed Maria Cristina di Savoia, Queen of the Two Sicilies. Daughter of King Vittorio Emanuele I and Maria Theresa of Austria, she married King Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies in 1832. Immensely pious, “Reginella Santa” as she was popularly called, performed numerous acts of charity and important social works for the poor people of Naples. On January 31, 1836, at the age of 23, she died after giving birth to her first son Francesco II, the last King of the Two Sicilies. Queen Maria Cristina was Beatified on January 25, 2014 by Pope Francis at the Basilica Santa Chiara, in Naples, where she is interred. In celebration I'm posting a couple of Prayers to Blessed Maria Cristina. Translations courtesy of Cav. Charles Sant'Elia.
Prayers to Blessed Maria Cristina di Savoia
O Dio, che hai posto nei tuoi santi una grande luce e un provvido sostegno per il tuo popolo in cammino, ascolta con bontà la nostra preghiera, e glorifica la sua Serva la Ven. Maria Cristina di Savoia, nella cui vita di sposa e di regina ci hai offerto un modello fulgido di carità sapiente e coraggiosa, e concedi a noi, per sua intercessione, la grazia ..... che da te, con fiducia, invochiamo. Per Cristo nostro Signore. Amen. 
O God, who has placed a great light in your saints and a provident support for your people along the path, listen with goodness to our prayer, and glorify your Servant the Ven. Maria Cristina di Savoia, in whose life as a wife and queen you have offered us a shining model of wise and courageous charity, and grant us,  through her intercession, the grace ..... which from you, with trust, we invoke. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 
O beata Trinità che sebbene felice in voi stessa, pure trovaste le vostre compiacenze nel cuore di Maria Cristina di Savoia, deh! ascoltate le nostre povere preghiere. Questa vostra serva fedele in mezzo ai fastigi della Corte vi servì costantemente in profonda umiltà, in ardente carità, in pietà fervorosa, da rendersi modello di perfezione alla Corte e al popolo. Fiduciosi della divina parola, che Voi avreste onorato che vi avrebbe glorificato, noi vi chiediamo di elevare al culto degli Altari la vostra serva fedele Maria Cristina che vivente altro cercò, altro non volle se non il vostro onore e la vostra gloria. Per questi altissimi meriti concedeteci la grazia che ardentemente vi domandiamo... tornerà a vostra gloria e contribuirà all’esaltazione della vostra diletta serva Maria Cristina di Savoia. 
O blessed Trinity that while happy in yourself, yet you found your gratification in the heart of Maria Cristina di Savoia, ah! Hear our poor prayers. This faithful servant of yours amid the heights of the Court served you constantly in profound humility, in ardent charity, in fervid piety, so as to render herself a model of perfection to the Court and to the people. We are faithful in the divine word, that you would have honored who had glorified you, we ask you to elevate to the worship of the Altars your faithful servant Maria Cristina what while alive nothing did she seek, nothing did she want other than your honor and your glory. For these most high merits grant us the grace that we ardently ask of you... it shall return to your glory and shall contribute to the exaltation of your cherished servant Maria Cristina di Savoia.