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Don Jorge Ortiga wrote:

"Officially, the new blessed shall be designated by the name of Alexandrina Maria da Costa, as shown in a response from the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments to the request from the Archbishop Primate Don Jorge Ortiga.

After the great event of the beatification of Alexandrina Maria da Costa - invoked by the people as Alexandrina of Balasar – on April 25, 2004, in Rome, some priests and faithful have expressed the wish that Blessed Alexandrina of Balasar - the glory of our Archdiocese and Church - should be the official name that should be in the liturgical calendar, rather than Alexandrina Maria da Costa that appeared on the instruction of the Beatification and Canonization Process.

Being the voice of this legitimate desire which was also ours, as Pastor of the Church of Braga, I ask the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments - competent authority in this matter - the necessary approval for our desire.

A letter dated July 29 explained the reasons that led me to formulate this petition, emphasizing that this was the name the faithful used to call her.

The answer came on August 22. They clearly and respectfully present the guidelines to the liturgy and devotion. [...]

1. Since during the journey of the Cause of Canonization, the Postulation always named the young woman as Alexandrina Maria da Costa, following the practice of other Processes;

2. Taking into account that we does not usually use the location to name a saint, unless the figures of ancient or medieval times, to facilitate their identification (St. Martin of Tours, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Rita of Cascia);

3. In liturgical prayer, the name of the saint does not include nicknames or possibly the name of the village but it must be used, always, the original name, and so, in our case, we use Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa;

4. On the other hand, "concerning the devotion and popular uses, and in particular the name changes due to local sensitivity, this is legitimate and does not require any ratification by the Holy See", we can continue to use the name of Blessed Alexandrina of Balasar in preaching and popular devotion, as we use to do over the last years.

I invite, in a particular way, the diocesan community to celebrate this year, with great devotion and joy, the first liturgical celebration on the anniversary of her death - dies natalis - on October 13, as indicated by the same Congregation.

I also recommend to the faithful of our Archdiocese to make known the biography of this young woman who, in defense of virginity, compromised her health and generously offered herself as a victim of the Eucharist and for the conversion of sinners. We recognize Blessed Alexandrina as a model of surrender to the will of God, so we will also ask them a greater awareness of baptismal vocation and the grace of many and holy priestly, religious and missionary vocations.

Let us invoke her intercession - as Alexandrina Maria da Costa in the liturgy or Alexandrina of Balasar in the devotions - to obtain from God the grace of another miracle, so we can soon celebrate her canonization.


Braga, October 3, 2004

† Jorge Ortiga - Archbishop Primate"


(Coord. of Father Silva Araújo.; "Blessed Alexandrina - The Agony and the Glory";

pages 56/57)

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