Sunday past was blessed in our having the opportunity of receiving John Das as an associate during the Solemn Mass at Saint James. In our daily intercessions let it become our practice to remember one another as we seek the prayers of Mary and all the Saints in our need to grow in holiness of life.
The month of August is the month of Mary’s Assumption into Heaven, her feast being celebrated on Saturday the 15th, and the octave day, the 22nd, the feast of her Immaculate Heart. Mass at Saint James will be offered at 10:00 in the morning on the feast of the Assumption with the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary being recited at 9:30. If you are unable to be present you may want to offer the recitation of the Rosary with special intention for all associates on that day.
In celebrating the feast of the Assumption we are celebrating what might be called a “homecoming,” the loving welcome given by Our Lord to His Mother when her life on earth had run its course, and the joy of Mary at being reunited with the One who is both her Son and Redeemer. It is the principal feast of Our Lady according to an ancient universal tradition of the Christian East and West. In the words of Thomas Ken sung last Sunday’s admission rite:
Heaven with transcendent joys her entrance graced,
Next to his throne her Son his Mother placed;
And here below, now she’s of heaven possest,
All generations are to call her blest.
Mary’s Assumption does not separate her from the rest of us; it is but one more promise of the destiny promised to us all. We can all take heart that a lowly maiden of Nazareth, Mary by name, is now higher than the cherubim and more glorious than the seraphim, for in her exaltation there is hope and promise for all the humble and meek, folk just like you and I.