Happy Feast of the Assumption!

As with all Feast Day threads, feel free to offer your favourite prayers, hymns, stories, whatever, to honour Our Lady on this most important Feast Day.

Note: if you would like to attend a Traditional Latin Mass to mark this Holy Day, there is Mass in the SSPX chapel in Renfrew Street, Glasgow at 6.30pm this evening. Or in the Society’s Edinburgh chapel at 12.30pm. All welcome. Scroll down this list for chapel addresses.

28 responses

    • Crofterlady,

      Happy Feast Day AND a very happy wedding anniversary to you, as well. What a beautiful choice of wedding day. Congratulations [and sympathy to Mr Crofterlady. If he’d committed murder he’d have been out by now. The old jokes are the best!]

      Happy Feast everyone!

    • A very happy Feast Day to all!

      Crofterlady,

      It’s also my sister’s wedding anniversary today, so extra blessings wished for you and for them on this very special Feast.

    • Gabriel Syme,

      I don’t know if all holy days of obligation are solemnities and it’s only on solemnities that we are exempt from the Friday fast. I would guess all holy days are solemnities, though, but don’t know for sure.

    • Gabriel Syme,

      Yes, it does apply to all holy days of obligation which fall on a Friday. There is no fast and abstinence of Feast days because they are days of joy and celebration. Often, though, there is a requirement to fast and/or abstain on the vigil of a Feast, but it depends on how solemn the Feast is.

      • Athanasius,

        When I was growing up, nobody told me about this dispensation from Friday fast on Feasts which fall on a Friday 😯 I only found that out quite recently, so, when you’ve checked out Jobstear’s query about vigils, would you check out the following for me…

        Are those of us who didn’t know about the dispensation from fasting on Holy Days which fell on Fridays, entitled to count them up now and make up the feast days on Fridays from now until… if need be… well (in my case definitely ) eternity? Will you check that out for me Athanasius?

        Please and thank you 😀

  1. Salve Regina

    Brought back happy memories as well as tears to my eyes.

    A big difference from Amazing Grace.

  2. According to today’s Gospel Reading (Luke 1:39-56)….’Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home’….Here’s a thought – Our Lady may have acted as midwife when St. John the Baptist came into the world.

    When the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, he told her that Elizabeth was then in the sixth month of her pregnancy. The timing adds up – and it would surely make sense for Mary to stay with her cousin for the happy event, before returning home.

    • Pat McKay

      Unfortunately, on balance, I think it’s unlikely that Our Lady acted as midwife at the birth of St John Baptist (nice thought though it is).

      1. St Luke’s text says Mary went home and only then discusses the birth of the Baptist. If she had stayed for the birth then gone home you might expect him to say so.

      2. My understanding is that in Jewish tradition virgins (even pregnant ones!?) were not supposed to be in attendance at births. St Thomas quotes one or two of the fathers to that effect in the relevant section of the Catena Aurea.

  3. Happy Feastday to Editor and all readers.

    Our Lady, Mother of God and Mother of Mercy, we beg you to pray and intercede for the Church, for the Pope and for all of us.

  4. Happy Feast day to everyone.

    Crofterlady, Athanasius,

    What a wonderful day to celebrate wedding anniversaries.

  5. Happy Anniversary to those celebrating today, but isn’t it unusual for Catholics to get married on a Holyday of Obligation? Friends of mine asked if they could be married on 29th June forty years ago and were told that the requiem Mass did not fulfil the obligation for them or their guests. Was that nonsense?

    • Eileenanne,

      You may have a point there, especially since I discovered later today that my sister was actually married on August 14th, not 15th as I stated earlier.

  6. SORRY!!! Of course I meant NUPTIAL Mass. I had been thinking about a recent funeral and was distracted.

      • Vianney,

        Your (cheeky) comment reminds me of this couple…

        Wife: “What are you doing?”

        Husband : Nothing.

        Wife : “Nothing…? You’ve been reading our marriage certificate for an hour.”

        Husband : “I was looking for the expiration date.”

    • Eileenanne,

      Funnily enough, driving today I heard a comical sketch on the radio which ended with the wife saying (roughly from memory) “for goodness sake stop moaning, we’re at a funeral. Enjoy it.! “

  7. My belated Feast Day wishes – I’d hate to miss a thread to honour Our Lady so I am glad I still have the chance to say I hope everyone had a lovely Feast of the Assumption.

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