Q. 1. Can you tell me why there are so many Marian Feasts? They are in the hundreds. No can possibly have a devotion to so many Marian Feasts!
A. 1. You are right that the number of Marian Feasts numbers in the hundreds, if not in the thousands.
The Marian Feasts fall within a number of categories.
There are the Liturgical Feasts such as the Nativity of Mary, the Presentation of Mary, the Annunciation, the Assumption, the Queenship of Mary, the Immaculate Conception and the Mother of God.
There are Feasts that are associated with the Sacramentals, such as Our Lady of the Rosary, Our Lady of the Scapular, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
There are Feasts that are associated with Church recognized apparitions such as Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of La Salette and Our Lady of Knock.
There are Feasts that are associated with major devotions such as Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Mary, Help of Christians, the most Holy Name of Mary, the Immaculate Heart of Mary and Our Lady of Sorrows.
There are Feasts that are associate with world event during which time Our Lady protected the members of the Catholic Church such as her assistance at the Battle of Vienna in 1683, and her help at the Battle of Lepanto a century earlier, in 1571.
And then there are the endless number of titles associated with locations where the Blessed Virgin Mary assisted the faithful in their time of need.
Because of the Blessed Virgin Mary's ongoing involvement within the Catholic Church since the foundation of the Church, she has been continously glorified with a multitude of titles. Many such titles bear the name of the community where she provided heavenly assistance. For example, when Mary appeared in Egypt, she became known as "Our Lady of Egypt." When she appeared in Damascus, she became known as "Our Lady of Damascus." As long as Our Lady shall continue to make her presence known in the world, the number of Marian titles shall continue to grow until the end of time.
The glory of Mary was prophesized in the Holy Bible, in Luke 1:48, where Mary said, "Henceforth all generations (until the end of time) shall call me blessed."