Today, on their Titular Solemnity of Our Lady of the Southern Cross we congratulate and pray for the Ordinary, clergy and faithful of the Australian Ordinariate as well as of the Church of Torres Strait which, God willing, will itself be joining the Ordinariate soon.
Mary, Help of Christians, is the Patroness of Australia and of the Archdiocese of Sydney whose Cathedral is called St Mary’s. Under the title of ‘Our Lady of the Southern Cross’ she is patroness of the Australian Ordinariate and the Diocese of Toowoomba as well as the World Youth Day of 2008.
It was Our Lady of the Southern Cross to whom WYD08 pilgrims were encouraged to consecrate themselves in the spirit of the motto of Pope John Paul II “Totus Tuus”, I am all yours.
The title of ‘Southern Cross’ derives from the constellation of stars seen only from the southern hemisphere.