Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, transferred from yesterday. As is our tradition in the parish, we will pray the Litany of Our Lady after the end of Mass today. Those who are attending via webcam please join us in the prayers. Those who are attending in person are asked to leave the Church immediately after receiving Holy Communion as usual.
The Assumption is the oldest feast day of Our Lady but we do not know when it first came to be celebrated. The “Memory of Mary” was being celebrated from the fourth century. Later it was to become our feast of the Assumption, having become a great celebration in the churches of the Eastern Empire. In the seventh century, it began to be celebrated in Rome under the title of the “Falling Asleep” (“Dormitio”) of the Mother of God. Soon the name was changed to the “Assumption of Mary,” since there was more to the feast than her dying. It also proclaimed that she had been taken up, body and soul, into heaven.
On November 1st, 1950, Pope 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.” Thus, he solemnly proclaimed that the belief whereby the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the close of her earthly life, was taken up, body and soul, into the glory of heaven, definitively forms part of the deposit of faith, received from the Apostles. To avoid all that is uncertain, the Pope did not state either the manner or the circumstances of time and place in which the Assumption took place. Only the fact of the Assumption of Mary, body and soul, into the glory of heaven, is the matter of the definition.
Mass today will be at 10.00am and you are welcome to join us online.
This week’s newsletter can be found here.
Please note that St. Teilo’s will be open for Mass at 10.00am today, Tuesday, Thursday and next Sunday. We are full for today’s Mass, but if you would like to book for Tuesday, Thursday or next Sunday please telephone Carole on 07747 562847 between 11am and 1pm, tomorrow, Monday, August 17th.