Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday Tea: Celebrating the Feast of Assumption

Monday Tea honoring the Assumption of Mary

It is unfortunate that many Catholics do not understand this feast. Since our Blessed Mother Mary was born free from original sin (her Immaculate Conception), she would not need to suffer the consequence of sin, including physical death of the body, as the privilege of being Jesus' mother. Angel Gabriel greeted her being "full of Grace". Mary was present in all the major events of Jesus' life; his nativity, teachings, stood at the cross, was there in the upper room for the Pentecost. When her time was over, instead of human death as we know it, she was granted the gift of gently falling asleep and was assumed, or taken in, to heaven.
From Catechism of the Catholic Church.

966 "Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death." The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son's Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians:
In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death.
In the name of the Father...

Euly helped make and present the Immaculate Heart Cake

The feast day is August 15, a holy day of obligation for Catholics.
If you are any where near Detroit, Michigan - I urge you to visit Assumption Grotto for their heavenly celebration of the day. If, like me, you can't, then visit this blog for delightful photos of the day. From 2011.

The Divine Praises:

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints

She seems to know singing is praying twice.
All the kids sang Immaculate Mary in place of Happy Birthday.

not the lyrics we know by heart, but it is beautiful. The girls have been humming all day.

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