Sunday, August 14, 2011

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary --August 15

The feast of the Assumption (15 August) celebrates Mary’s passage to heaven at the end of her life, a divine recognition of her fidelity and her role as mother of the Son of God. This public festival connected with her seems to have begun in the fifth century at the site where Mary was thought to have rested on her way from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. This was the feast of the Theotokos (“God-bearer,” “Mother of God”) celebrated on August 15.

Gradually the August feast came to focus on the Dormition (“Falling Asleep”) of Mary. At the end of the sixth century it became known as the Assumption, calling attention to the manner of Mary’s passing. She had been taken up, fully, into heaven. The idea that Mary has been assumed is connected to her having stood in the presence of God (through the angel of the
annunciation and through her life with the Eternal Word). This fits in with Mary’s role as intercessor, one who listens to the disciples of Christ. 

--The Modern Catholic Encyclopedia p.56

On November 1, 1950, Pius XII defined the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of faith: “We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.” The pope proclaimed this dogma only after a broad consultation of bishops, theologians and laity. There were few dissenting voices. What the pope solemnly declared was already a common belief in the Catholic Church.

"Monday, Aug 15, 2011,  the Feast of the Assumption, is not considered a Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Rite because it is the day after Sunday. However, it IS a Holy Day of Obligation for Byzantine Catholics. Next year it will be a Holy Day of Obligation again if it does not fall on a Sat/Sun/Mon.
Yes, this is confusing.
What is NOT confusing, is the Feast of the Assumption is a beautiful Feast to honor our Blessed Mother being assumed into Heaven. The readings and Mass prayers are beautiful. I hope we can attend Mass and obtain the wonderful graces waiting for us on this special Feast Day- (out of extra love and effort, not obligation) I also hope we can find 20 minutes in our busy day to pray the Rosary with our family in honor of the Blessed Mother as well." 
--Love from Louise Barrett

Monday August 15th is the Feast of the Assumption. If you can get to Mass in St. Petersburg, there are many choices- 7 AM St Paul's; 7:30 AM Holy Family and Blessed Trinity;  8 Am St Raphaels; 8:15 AM St Judes' Chapel;  9 AM at Transfiguration, St Therese Byzantine, and Blessed Trinity, 11 AM St Judes; Noon- St Anthony Hospital Chapel; 12:10 PM St Mary's; 6:30 PM St Judes' Chapel and 7 PM St Theresa Byzantine.

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