The Feast of the Holy Name of Mary was established by Pope innocent XI, the year 1683, in memory of a memorable victory won by Christians over the Turks, with the visible protection of the Queen of heaven.
After their defeat at Lepanto, in 1571, the Turks went to western Europe. The Grand Vizier Kara Mustapha with an army of over 150.000 Turks progress at the foot of the walls of Vienna. Under siege in the city since July 14, Christian defenders are close to surrender.
At the dawn of 12 September, the King of Poland John III Sobieski and his 65.000 men are preparing to trigger the attack on the Turkish Army. This religious prince begins by making the mass celebrate, which he serves himself. After he communion with fervor, he rises and cries out:
"Let us walk with confidence under the protection of the Heaven and with the assistance of the Very Holy Virgin."
His hope is not deceived: The Turks escape struck by a panic terror. This Christian victory puts an end to the threat that the Turks put on Europe.
Since this memorable time, the feast of the Holy Name of Mary is celebrated in the octave of her nativity.