A Happy Feast Of The Assumption!

I’ll sing a hymn to Mary,
The Mother of my God,
The Virgin of all virgins,
Of David’s royal blood.
O teach me, Holy Mary,
A loving song to frame,
When wicked men blaspheme thee,
To love and bless thy name.

O noble Tower of David,
Of gold and ivory.
The ark of God’s own promise,
The gate of Heav’n to me.
To live and not to love thee
Would fill my soul with shame.
When wicked men blaspheme thee,
I’ll love and bless thy name.

The saints are high in glory,
With golden crowns so bright,
But brighter far is Mary
Upon her throne of light.
O that which God did give thee,
Let mortal ne’er disclaim;
When wicked men blaspheme thee
I’ll love and bless thy name.

But in the crown of Mary,
There lies a wondrous gem,
As Queen of all the Angels,
Which Mary shares with them;
“No sin hath e’er defiled thee,”
So doth our faith proclaim:
When wicked men blaspheme thee,
I’ll love and bless thy name.

(Fr. J. Wyze 1825-1898)

76 responses

  1. A very happy Feast Day everyone!

    As always on these tribute threads, feel free to post your favourite prayers, hymns, videos, good clean fun jokes and edifying stories.

    There is Mass in the SSPX chapel in Renfrew Street, Glasgow at 10.a.m. – you can park in Cambridge Street and walk up past the Art School until you see the little blue board with “St Andrew’s Catholic Church” on the right hand side of the road. I’m afraid I can’t remember the time of Mass in the Edinburgh SSPX chapel (probably around 12/12.30) but perhaps someone else will post that here.

    Enjoy the Feast!

  2. Happy feast day everyone. I am new to this site and have been very unhappy with my catholic church’s moral decline in recent years. I feel we do not get any guidance from our priests or pope and fear has entered my heart. Recently watched videos online regarding planned parenthood in America, harvesting and selling aborted baby parts…yet! We here nothing from our Pope or clergy regarding this. I know we are all in difficult times and can only Pray to Our Blessed Mother for the Consecration of Russia that will allow things to improve. Although in my eyes…we with our western ways!, also need our Blessed Lord Jesus and Holy Mothers immediate interventions –
    to help all humanity turn from our Luciferian ways!!!

    • Margaret,

      Welcome!

      I totally sympathise with your concerns – been there, done that etc.
      I see you’ve been viewing the Planned Parenthood videos, presumably on our abortion thread, but you may have missed this very clear article about the new Mass posted elsewhere…

      To cut out the angst you are experiencing, I suggest you read this article, digest it and reflect on it. Then come back and tell us what you think of it!

      • Dear editor, your presumptions are very wrong as I glean my information from many sources…. This one just tonight.
        Thank you for trying to direct and advice me of articles regarding New Mass.. Certainly…I will admit I’m so confused and upset as I feel there is no guidance from our “hierarchy “.
        Pope Francis…I feel is now part of the eugenics and humanist views.
        God!!! Is well out of the equation.
        I feel his scientific adviser..Lucifer?.. Will get his sheep to follow at US congress. After all this is the Devils Snakepit…. In my opinion…
        They are covering up the Planned Parenthood videos…and no! I did not get this info from your site.
        Pope Francis..when do you open your mouth for real issues instead of playing the good guy?. You are closing your eyes and condemning millions of children to unnatural deaths by abortion. Studies show..these little Human Beings!!! …feel pain!.

        • Margaret,

          I meant no offence by presuming you had seen the Planned Parenthood videos on this site. In fact, we were very late indeed in posting the Planned Parenthood scandal, so I would be surprised if many, if any, read about that here for the first time. That was partly why I chose the Fox News clip to kick start the discussion, because that clip included only some key extracts from the main videos which, I guessed, most people would have seen by now. I receive the Lifesitenews bulletins every day myself, so knew about them right from the “breaking story” stage. Believe me, no offence intended. It was really just my way (clumsy, no doubt) of leading into giving you the link to the Mass article.

          I thought it would be useful to read the Mass article because the other concerns you rightly express about modernist clergy and – sadly – Pope Francis himself, did not happen overnight. Everything traces back to the new Mass. It took me long enough to realise this myself, so my apologies if I seemed to insult your intelligence. I should remember that because I was such a slow-coach at catching on to the crisis, I mustn’t presume everyone else is as slow! My apologies for any offence caused.

          My final word is this: yes, you are absolutely correct to tell the Pope how wrong he is not to condemn abortion strongly and often enough, that he is ignoring the pain of abortion (in every sense) etc. That is shocking.

          However, by his statements to atheists and others, by giving false hope to people living in sinful situations, as if their unbelief and sin could ever lead them to God, the pontiff is doing even more harm.

          As I’m sure you know, this crisis in the Church is, above all, a spiritual battle, as St Paul warned us. We are here dealing with “principalities and powers” – real evil, which, as Our Lady warned at Akita, in Japan, in 1973, has now infiltrated the Church, so that we are now seeing “cardinals opposing cardinals and bishops opposing bishops”.

          You are very honest to admit your confusion and upset, and it is good that you’ve found us, because, believe me, we’ve all had the very same experience at one time or another – and with some of us, the confusion is on-going!

          Blogger, Petrus, in fact, was a very modern Catholic at one time, and wrote the most awful opinions about us on this blog (in an earlier version) because he just could not accept what we said about the new Mass. Through educating himself, however, he’s made a complete turnaround. I’ll leave it to him to expand on this if he so chooses, and if you are interested.

          Again, apologies for any upset I’ve caused you – not my intention.

          God bless

  3. One of the great mysteries of our Glorious Faith.

    A human body, as we understand things, needs food, drink, warmth, shelter and sleep to sustain it. And its ageing process can never be halted. We will never fathom this out, how a body can exist in heaven….

    Happy Feast Day!

  4. To our Blessed Mother, my Pearl without price.

    THE DORMITION/ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, THE THEOTOKOS. (Thanks to Jim Forest)
    Saturday, August 15, 2015 5:05

    (Before It’s News)

    Today, on the Gregorian calendar, is the feast of the Dormition (or the Assumption, as it best known in the West). Here is a reflection by the 7th century monk, poet and theologian St John of Damascus.

    Today, the holy and living ark of the living God, the one whose womb carried her own Creator, rests in the Lord’s temple, a temple not built by human hands. David, her ancestor and God’s relative, dances for joy (2 Sam 7:14); the angels dance in unison, the archangels applaud, and the powers of the heavens sing her glory…

    She who enabled true life to spring forth for everyone, how could she fall into the power of death? Certainly, as a daughter of the old Adam, she submitted to the sentence that was pronounced against him, for her Son, who is Life itself, did not shy away from it. But as the mother of the living God, it is just that she be raised up to him… How could she who received in her womb Life itself, without beginning or end, not be alive for all eternity? In times past, the first parents of our mortal race, drunk with the wine of disobedience…, with a heavy spirit because of the intemperance of sin, fell asleep in the sleep of death. The Lord had chased and exiled them from the paradise of Eden. Now she who did not commit any sin and who bore the child of obedience to God and to the Father, how could paradise not welcome her, not joyfully open its doors to her? … Since Christ, who is Life and Truth, said: «Where I am, there will my servant be» (Jn 12:26), how could his mother, all the more so, not share in his dwelling place? …

    So now «that the heavens are rejoicing», may all the angels acclaim her. «Let the earth rejoice,» (Ps 96:11), let human beings leap for joy. Let the air resound with songs of joy; let the night reject its darkness and its cloak of mourning… For the living city of the Lord, the God of powers is exalted. From the sanctuary of Zion, kings bring invaluable gifts (Ps 68:30). Those whom Christ established as princes over all the earth, the apostles, escort the Mother of God, ever a virgin, into the Jerusalem on high, which is free and our mother (Gal 4:26).

    – Saint John Damascene (c. 675-749)

  5. A very happy Feast day to all, may the Blessed Mother watch over and protect each and every one unto death.

    Margaret,

    I agree with you completely. The most telling silence for me was when the UK, US and Ireland legislated in favour of “gay marriage”. Not a word from those who should have spoken out, as Our Lady of Quito foretold.

    My advice to you is to seek sanctuary in Sacred Tradition. Is there an SSPX Mass close to where you live? If not, then find any chapel where only the ancient Latin Mass is celebrated and the Church’s moral teaching is upheld without compromise. Yes, we know that God will sort this mess out very soon through the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. In the meantime, we need to do what we can with the grace accorded us. There can NEVER be sin in cleaving to Sacred Tradition.

    • Thank you! and I do agree with most of your advice…but I’m still struggling with the concepts of abandoning The New Mass and the possible consequences of this action. Their is a church roughly 10miles from me…but it’s a big step – I feel and I need to pray and reflect a little more. Thank you friend and may God Bless you always.

      • Margaret

        Yes, of course you must pray for the grace to do the right thing. I will also pray for your intentions. But remember this, all the saints and martyrs were sanctified with the ancient Latin Mass, not the New Mass. Pope Benedict XVI made it perfectly clear that the ancient Mass has never been abolished and that every priest is free to celebrate it without permission.

        You have a devotion to Our Lady, she’ll help you to understand this in good time.

        God bless you.

        • Thank you for your time and advice my friend, believe me it is most welcome and especially your prayers. I do indeed Love our Blessed Mother and I’m sure she will guide me as she has been doing for so many years. God Bless you also and keep you in His Love!

    • MM.

      It would be one of my favourites too, but for the idiots dancing in the audience. Thankfully, there are not many shots of them but they spoil an otherwise beautiful video.

      Here’s another version…

  6. Happy feast day everyone.

    My oldest son received his First Holy Communion today at St Andrew ‘ s SSPX Church in Glasgow. A beautiful feast day to receive Holy Communion for the first time.

    • Petrus,

      It was just lovely to see your little son kneeling to receive his First Holy Communion on this beautiful feast day of Our Lady. Lovely, too, that the priest named him in his introductory words and during the sermon. I’m sure the day will be happily imprinted on his memory.

      • Editor

        What really struck me (and almost reduced me to tears) was how the poor children who receive Holy Communion on parishes are being corrupted by sacreligious practices like Communion in the hand. I was one of those children who received Holy Communion for the first time in the hand. What a terrible judgement there will be for those who corrupt little children.

        • Petrus,

          Agreed. One of the saddest things any Catholic can do these days is to attend a First Communion day in diocesan parishes. As well as receiving in the hand, they may have to take pot luck as to whether they receive from a priest of a lay person playing at being a priest. Tragic.

          Your lovely little son was truly blessed today. Has he picked his username yet? 😀

        • These comments confuse me so much!.
          Why? is there so much disdain and judgement on innocent children and Gods people – because of Vatican 2.
          Surely, our Dear God knows his sheep are being led in awful directions by their pastors.
          Life is difficult..

          • Margaret

            Of course the children are not to blame in God’s sight, they are completely innocent. But what of the adult Catholics, especially the priests, who, by placing the Sacred Host in their little hands against all the Traditions of the Church and the example of the saints, instill in their young hearts the seeds of future irreverence towards Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

            You need to research the origin of modern Communion in the hand to understand properly why we oppose this abusive practice so vehemently, and indeed why Popes Paul VI and John Paul II attempted, without success, to restrict it.

            Yes, life for Catholics today is difficult. But then, it was a lot more difficult for the martyrs! Trust in Our Lady, keep the faith and oppose vigorously all modern novelties in the Church.

    • DOTF,

      I’ve just posted a reply to “spook” (who is well named, God help him!) over on your blog, at the above link. Thank you for posting it.

      Maybe some of the other bloggers here will add their tuppence worth. “Spook” has come our way on this beautiful Feast of Our Lady so let’s see if we can make it memorable for him, in the nicest possible way.

        • Thank you, DOTF,

          I forgot to click the “notify me of new comments via email” so will have to try to remember to check for any replies from him. A very busy week ahead, too, but will do my best to keep up with him.

          I’ve not had time to read through the entire meditation on your blog but it is on my “things to do” list, for completion asap.

  7. To all of you I wish a happy and holy Assomption Day under the protection of the Immaculate Virgin Mary!…
    “Sainte et joyeuses fête de l’Assomption!” LD

    • Lionel! Happy Feast Day! We’ve missed you!

      “Sainte et joyeuses fête de l’Assomption!” to you, as well (see, my French is improving, since you joined us !)

      • Editor,
        Thank you very much for your kind greetings!
        Although I closely follow your debates, I do not comment much because the situation is so confused that I remain bewildered at what I hear regarding the Church!…
        What can I add to what is written already? Indeed, I am not indifferent to what you all write!
        Union de prière LD

        • Lionel,

          Thank you for your encouragement. Knowing that perhaps what we write here might help readers keeps us from falling into lazy habits – like giving up blogging for Lent, if not altogether !

          • Concerning their “œcumenism” and the “New Evangelization”, I would remind them:
            “God laughs at the prayers made to him to divert public misfortunes, when one does not object to what is being done to attract them. What am I saying? when one approves and accepts it, although it is with reluctance” – Bossuet (Bossuet’s complete works vol XIV, Jacques Bénigne Bossuet, éd. L. Vivès (Paris), 1862-1875, p. 145)

            « Dieu se rit des prières qu’on lui fait pour détourner les malheurs publics, quand on ne s’oppose pas à ce qui se fait pour les attirer. Que dis-je? quand on l’approuve et qu’on y souscrit, quoique ce soit avec répugnance » – Bossuet

    • Jobstears,

      Having shown off my French to Lionel from Paris, I have to show off my American to Jobstears from the USA – howdy, there, where’ve you bin…!

      A very happy Feast of the Assumption to you and yours…

      God bless

  8. +Nice to hear the hymn with the unexpurgated words. I have this evening played it at Mass, unfortunately the PC version in Mayhew’s Hymnal. Better than As I Kneel before you.
    God bless.

    • Mary Fagan,

      You are so right about the PC version of the beautiful “I’ll sing a hymn to Mary”. I had to work hard to find the Father Francis video. There were a number which were completely ridiculous, pop-tune versions which had me switching off within seconds, and there were a couple that were beautifully orchestral but with the lines “When wicked men blaspheme thee, I’ll love and bless thy name” omitted and changed to something PC, as you say. In fact, one of those with the nice background music, had the correct words listed, even though they were not sung ! Crazy.

      We certainly live in interesting (to say the least) times.

      • I have to admit, I did think that there was something missing in the hymn “I’ll sing a hymn to Mary” on the video above, but couldn’t work out what it was – I did a quick piece of (although I say it myself) expert detective work after Mass this morning, however, and checked the hymnal – sure enough, there it was, the missing verse. Verse 2 should be “O Lily of the Valley….

        O Lily of the Valley,
        O mystic Rose what tree
        Or flower, e’en the fairest,
        Is half so fair as thee?
        O let me, though so lowly,
        Recite my Mother’s fame:
        When wicked men blaspheme thee,
        I’ll love and bless thy name.

        Then the rest …

        As they say in all the best therapy sessions, I just thought I would share that…

  9. Congratulations, dear Mother; in the name of all those who love thee, and the name of those who neither know nor love thee- rejoice in the love of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Thank you for all the desolation you suffered on behalf of us poor sinners, and since we cannot thank you as you deserve, may the Heart of your dearest Son together with all the Saints praise and thank you in our names.

  10. My dear Catholic and Jesus friends, I am troubled by some comments on this site. I am trying to resolve issues within myself between traditional or modernist. This just makes me feel like a Celtic/rangers site! Not helpful at all!. God Bless!

  11. Margaret

    If you want to fully understand what is happening in the Church today and have the courage to make the right choices, then pray to Our Lady for the grace. Otherwise you won’t resolve anything and will just remain in a perpetual state of confusion and anxiety.

    By the way, there is no Rangers/Celtic kind of debating goes on here. God bless.

  12. The point I was trying to make friend…is divide and conquer. I have no allegiances to football or other gladiatorial sports.
    I do pray!. Thank you for advice .I know Our Blessed Mother will help our church
    God Bless! 🔥

  13. I think! To many people and factions fighting against each other…
    meanwhile millions of children die!!!.
    Stop the fighting..believe in your heart-
    Our Lord Jesus is Coming!!!
    Let’s do our best to help Our Amazing God!

    • Margaret,

      We are not “fighting” anyone or causing any divisions. We are trying to do our Confirmation duty by defending the Faith when it is under attack. You say “millions of children die” but spiritual death is worse than physical death. Children who are receiving their First Holy Communion in the hand, from laypeople (usually women) are placed in danger of spiritual death and the lapsation rate among the young, before they’ve even left their “Catholic” schools, is evidence that something is gravely wrong at the present time, in the Church – which realisation is, I believe, what brought you to our site in the first place. Please don’t shoot the messengers because you don’t like (as none of us likes) the message.

      You clearly didn’t like what you read above on the subject of Communion in the hand. Here is a well respected bishop on the subject…

      • Yes! I do agree with your points editor, but my heart bleeds for all the pain our church is self inflicting on its members. Why! was this mass passed in the first place?. Has the Vatican and the Holy See Been overtaken by the Masons as some suggest! And if so….what are those who are aware of this situation doing about it?. Why! Is the Pope not consecrating Russia as Our Blessed Mother requested and why do we allow this to continue?

    • Dear Margaret

      Our Lord told us that he came to bring a sword; there can be no peace or reconciliation between the Light and the Darkness. You write as though we are merely one faction among many who are basically the same – we are NOT! We are fighting against Christ’s enemies, and therefore the enemies of His Church. We are not divided; we know the Catholic Faith, and we know that it has been mercilessly attacked by those both outside and inside. You ask us to stop fighting the enemies of Christ? Let’s just all be friends, and play nicely together? Think positive, and all will be well? No. Millions of children die because of that attitude, so please count me out.

      You are right that our Lord is amazing. I am therefore puzzled and, frankly, outraged that mere mortals would presume to receive Him as they would a piece of cake. Those who can, should kneel and receive on the tongue.

      I urge you most sincerely to please educate yourself on what has happened and is happening to the Church and to stand up for Christ and His Church. At least then you will be doing your best to “help our Amazing God”.

      • Thànk you for your advice. You have given me much to reflect on and I shall try to become more informed and pray for guidance.

        • Margaret, stay with this blog; you will learn more about the Faith and about the struggle that has been going on for decades. If you are a reader, may I suggest that you read any of the books of the late Michael Davies? These will enlighten you to the disaster that was the Second Vatican Council. Also, I would recommend The Remnant, and Catholic Family News, if you haven’t already come across them.

          God bless.

  14. I think it is true that the so called catholic schools as they are today are a part of the bigger crisis in the church mainly because the faith is not being handed in the way it should be however even if you do receive a good traditional catholic education there is no guarantee that these young people may not lapse also.It may be less likely but it does and has happened

  15. Morgana

    Of course souls can fall away from the faith even when Traditionally formed, but this is far less frequent than with young people who are not formed at all. They don’t teach Catechism in Catholic schools any more, at least not in the Traditional sense. How, then, can they expect young Catholics to love a God they know nothing about? Therein lies the root of the problem, exacerbated of course by Communion in the hand, happy-clappy Masses and lots of heretical propaganda about respecting false religions. Catholic kids today have been utterly robbed of their spiritual inheritance by lax and/or apostate so-called educators. That’s not how it was pre-Vatican II and the Church was vibrant then.

  16. Athanasius surely the instructing in the faith lies with the parents first and foremost .The young as you quite rightly say don’t get the proper catholic teaching and if they do it is in a watered down version to keep everyone happy can’t be seen to be upsetting anybody.

    • Morgana,

      Several generations of Catholics have not been taught even the basics of the faith. They are now the parents, and even grandparents, of the current generation. How on earth can they ever hope to pass on what they have never been taught? Even the ‘liberal’ Cardinal Winning RIP, Glasgow, admitted this quite openly and that was several years ago. The situation has worsened considerably since then.

      I heard very recently about a young 20-something working man who was attending a family event in a Catholic church. He’s lapsed, so a relative reminded him of the need to genuflect when entering or leaving his pew. His reaction was to ask “what’s ‘genuflect’ mean?” Think: he may not have Higher English but I doubt if he’d ever have to ask “what’s a noun?” or “what’s an adjective?” Basic stuff has not been passed on to children in Catholic schools. Indeed, I remember pointing this out when a young niece of mine proudly showed me her school report. In the section on RE, the teacher reported that (name) has a very good understanding of Alive-O. Now, Alive-O was the RE programme in use at the time, a programme with about as much Catholic content as a Presbyterian church service. In fact, it had pagan content, by the bucketful.

      Eventually, Alive-O was denounced by the Vatican, as usual locking the stable door after the horse has bolted, but not before a priest in Glasgow refused to allow a 7 year child her First Confession because her mother had raised concerns about Alive-O. In fact, he insisted that she sign a document withdrawing her concerns, in which case the child would, after all, be permitted to make her First Confession. This took place in a Glasgow parish on the day before the First Confessions, and was fully reported in the Catholic Truth newsletter at the time. The mother refused to sign and her daughter was not permitted to join her class for First Confession. The mother had to contact another priest who agreed to hear the child’s First Confession. Note: the mother had not withdrawn the child from Alive-O lessons but had asked a primary school teacher friend of a more traditional leaning faith, to give her daughter extra instruction. Such was the determination to use RE programmes to keep the truths of the Faith from young people, that that priest thought nothing of ignoring the fact that the child demonstrably knew all that she needed to know about the Sacrament – and more – in order to stamp out the mother’s “dissent” from the diabolical school programme being passed off as Catholic education in that school and in schools right across Scotland. Click here to read a grandparent’s review of Alive-O

      I could add many similar stories, evidential of the lack of sound teaching in Catholic schools, but here’s just one from my own experience as an RE teacher in a Catholic college in England. Some years after leaving that institution a former student, at that time twenty-five years old, got in touch with me and in the conversation revealed that, my lessons apart (I’m happy to say), he had never heard any mention of Hell in any sermon, RE lesson or assembly, right through his “Catholic” education. He, was attending school and parish, and would be classed as a practising Catholic. No thanks, obviously, to his teachers and priests.

      “Catholic” RE teachers are themselves routinely co-habiting, and in one case (widely reported across the internet at the time) a Head-Teacher of a Catholic school (in, I think, Liverpool) was a partnered homosexual; all the relevant authorities knew about his domestic situation, including the church and school authorities, but nothing was done about it. Those of us who raised the issue were branded “extremists” and more or less told to go off and learn to be more (falsely) charitable.

      So, yes, of course the first responsibility for teaching the Faith lies with the parents. But if they haven’t been taught it from their parents, who also have been victims of modernist teaching in schools and parishes, what to do?

      What we do is recognise it as a diabolical crisis in the Church and click on the link to find out what means have been provided by God to see us through this time of trial. We then jump into that lifeboat and keep close to the shore!

      As for lapsation happening anyway – of course! That has always happened, However, I doubt very much if there were many Catholics on their deathbeds prior to Vatican II who refused the priest, saying they didn’t need to confess, that God is merciful, blah blah. That is exactly what is happening now. In their ignorance, some Catholics, even in their nineties, are turning away priests (and I’ve heard this from more than one hospital chaplain) because they have lost all sense of Catholicity and their sinfulness in relation to God’s goodness. That’s one major difference, between people who may have lapsed from the Faith for a time, even a lifetime, in the past, and what we are witnessing today – virtual apostasy. A God made in their own likeness, to whom there is no need to confess sins or express remorse. A God with whom they are absolutely equal. That’s quite a mentality with which to face one’s Maker.

  17. Your last few sentences say it all .People don’t want god in their lives because they won’t be able to do exactly as they like hence why Vatican 2 came about god needed modernised god who never changes had to be brought up to speed with everybody else’s way off thinking and how has it ended with devastation and almost destruction of what our dear lord instituted.

    • Morgana,

      Remember, too, that at Vatican II, there was very little discussion on Catholic education because the Fathers agreed that we had never had such an educated and articulate laity. In other words, the faithful knew their religion, could explain it, defend it, and practise it.

      Now, after over fifty years of the “Vatican II springtime” and “renewal”, there are baptised Catholic children who don’t know how to make the sign of the cross. I saw a two year old in the Glasgow SSPX chapel genuflect and make the sign of the cross only this morning.

      Go figure, as our American cousins say!

  18. At Mass in our village this morning there was the usual hubbub of conversation in the church, completely ignoring the fact that the priest was kneeling at the front saying his prayers! Then the lady who was helping two young lads to do the music, guitars if course, stood up and shouted “guys, guys, could we just run through the first hymn” we were the guys! I was shocked. There seems so little sense of reverence or dignity in Catholic Churches these days. However it us I suppose better than in France where there seem to be fewer and fewer people at Mass and hardly any young families. How have things come to this?

    • Christiana,

      I met a woman in the USA during my visit there, who told me that when, e.g., in a restaurant, a waiter or waitress addresses her group as “you guys”, she always replies: “do I LOOK like a ‘guy’?”

      As for those fewer and fewer people at Mass in France. Well, I believe the traditional chapels in France are packed out so maybe that’s why the new Mass is so poorly attended. For which, give thanks to God!

  19. After St.Bernadette had become a nun, a M.Lasserre who was writing a book about the events at Lourdes was given permission to speak to her at some length and composed this description of Our Lady from St.Bernadette’s own lips:

    ‘There was nothing vague or vapoury in the Apparition. It had none of the fugitive outlines of a fantastic vision; it was a living reality, a human body,which the eye judged to be palpable as that of an ordinary human being. The only difference was in its aureole and its divine beauty. She seemed to be quite young and had the graces of twenty years of age; but without losing anything of its tender delicacy, that beauty, fugitive in time, had in it a character that was eternal. Moreover, in its features, divinely beautiful in outline, were somehow blended without disturbing their harmony, the successive and isolated charm of each of the four seasons of human life. The innocent frankness of a child; the absolute purity of a virgin; the tender gravity of the highest of maternities; a wisdom superior to that of all accumulated ages, were summed up and interfused, without injuring one another, in this marvellous countenance of a young person’.

    The dogma of Our Lady’s Assumption made manifest.

  20. Had a lovely short sermon last night from Father Philippe Pazat at the SSPX Priory in Bristol. How he loves the Blessed Mother! The main point of the sermon wasn’t this, but he gave a short and very clear explanation of why the Assumption and the Orthodox tradition of the Dormition are not at all in opposition to each other.

    And here is a work of acknowledged genius for Our Lady – the famous Vox Caelestis Patris by English composer William Mundy, written in the reign of Queen Mary (1553-1558).

  21. Thank you for that! Beautiful music indeed.
    Talking of going to mass in France, we went recently to find that the Mass had been replaced that week by a Service of the Word. The parish priest has 16 parishes to care for so cannot say Nass in each church every week. Anyway the service was competently and reverently managed by laypeople with good singing and a cantor. No ministers of the Eucharist so no Holy Communion. There was however a rather lengthy sermon on the Gospel if the day, also preached by a layman. There were about 60 people in the congregation but no young people at all. Average age about sixty I guess. Huge shortage of priests.

    • If I remember correctly, it is forbidden for lay people to preach a sermon. This is the duty of the priest, no exceptions.

      What you describe, Christiana, is a full blown Protestant service. I wouldn’t have anything to do with such a parody. My advice, as always, is that the Catholic faithful should vote with their feet when bishops try to foist these priestless spectacles on them.

  22. Roman Catholic dogma, infallibly proclaims the doctrine of the Assumption leaves open the question whether, in connection with her departure, Mary underwent bodily death; that is, it does not dogmatically define the point one way or the other, as shown by the words “having completed the course of her earthly life”.

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