Happy Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption!

Happy Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption!

This thread is to mark the Holy Day of the Assumption, today, 15th August. Feel free to post comments, favourite prayers, hymns – anything which gives honour to and pays tribute to Our Lady on this great Feast.

Since our Holy Father the Pope is reputed to have a particular devotion to Our Lady (and it would be difficult to comprehend any pontiff who did NOT love Our Lady) may I suggest that we remember Pope Francis in prayer in a special way today.

However, hang on. Enough of all this serious stuff! This is a Feast Day, so some fun is also in order. Thus, alongside the hymns, prayers and stories about Our Lady’s influence in our lives, feel free to post some (innocent, of course) jokes and stories.

A very happy Feast Day to one and all!

Comments (15)

  • editor

    I hope you all enjoyed the hymn, although it’s missing quite a few verses.

    Reminder: today is a Holiday of Obligation. There is a Traditional Latin Mass in Glasgow (Renfrew Street, SSPX chapel) at 6.30pm. I’m afraid I can’t recall the time of the Edinburgh SSPX Mass, so maybe someone else can oblige with that and perhaps any diocesan Traditional Masses as well.

    And what’s the bet there’ll be a collection? Which reminds me of the following story…

    A well-worn one pound note and a similarly distressed twenty pound note arrived at the Royal Bank of Scotland to be retired. As they moved along the conveyor belt to be burned, they struck up a conversation.

    The twenty pound note reminisced about its travels all over the world: “I’ve had a pretty good life,” the twenty proclaimed. “I’ve been to France, Germany, Italy, even spent some months in the USA, in Las Vegas and Atlantic City, the finest restaurants in New York, performances on Broadway, and even a cruise to the Caribbean.”

    “Wow!” said the one pound note. “You’ve really had an exciting life!”

    “So tell me,” says the twenty, “where have you been throughout your lifetime?”

    The one pound note replies, “Oh, I’ve been to the Catholic Church, the Church of Scotland, the Anglican Church, the Methodist Church, the Baptist Church, the Lutheran Church ….”

    The twenty pound note interrupts, “What’s a church?”

    Happy Assumption Day!

    August 15, 2013 at 1:09 am
    • Prionsais

      Thanks for the directions, I never realised it was so near to St Aloysius. The Mass was.wonderful and it was good to see so many young people there, especially the wee baby.

      August 15, 2013 at 11:17 pm
      • editor

        Glad you made it.

        August 15, 2013 at 11:41 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    The Traditional Mass (SSPX) Edinburgh is in Sts Margaret and Leonard, Leonard Street at 1pm.

    The Chapel is next door to a Homebase store and there is car parking spaces, though I don’t know how extensive that is.

    I love hearing Gounod’s Ave Maria sung by a tenor or soprano. It’s times like that I would have liked to have a singing voice.

    August 15, 2013 at 7:02 am
  • Prionsais

    Where exactly in Renfrew Street is the Church? Is it near the. Buchanan Bus Station?

    August 15, 2013 at 10:28 am
    • editor


      If you don’t know Glasgow, and you are walking from the bus station (as opposed to taking a taxi which shouldn’t cost much as it’s only minutes away by car), I suggest walking down to and then along Sauchiehall Street and then turn to your right on Rose Street, then left into Renfrew Street and keep walking past the Art School ( and the new building going up on the right hand side) until you will come to a row of elevated small hotels. One of the first buildings on that elevation is the SSPX chapel and there is a blue board outside with the name St Andrew’s painted on – you go up the steps and into the chapel where a royal welcome will await you from moi – if you wish to introduce yourself after Mass. You’ll recognise me right away – slim, glamorous, witty, intelligent.. etc etc. If you don’t wish to approach anyone, just stand at the back looking lost, I will speak to you (just in case you don’t recognise me from that description, perish the thought). If you don’t want to speak to anyone at all, just disappear afterwards, no questions asked!

      Theresa Rose

      There’s a rendering of Ave Maria on our website today – Charlotte Church, I’m afraid. Couldn’t find that particular (my favourite) version sung by anyone else, so although Miss Church is not exactly a model of Catholic womanhood (nor am I, for that matter), she sings the Ave Maria beautifully.

      August 15, 2013 at 11:02 am
  • Josephine

    Happy feast day!

    I loved the hymn on the video, “I’ll sing a hymn to Mary” which is a favourite of mine and the Ave Maria on the website is glorious.

    I can’t think of any jokes at the moment but will pop back later if I come up with one!

    August 15, 2013 at 11:10 am
  • Athanasius

    Happy Feast Day to one and all. A great day indeed!

    Here’s a Youtube link that I think you’ll all enjoy.

    August 15, 2013 at 11:46 am
  • crofterlady

    Beautiful hymns but they have really saddened me! It brought me back to the parish church in Shotts as we sang the “I’ll sing a hymn to Mary” as part of the May procession. I just got this sick feeling that it was a different religion back then.

    Happy Feast Day to everyone!

    August 15, 2013 at 12:11 pm
  • Margaret Mary

    A happy feast day everyone!

    I have so many favourite hymns to Our Lady that it’s hard to pick out any one, but I do love I’ll sing a hymn to Mary and O Come to the throne of grace plus all the May hymns. I also love O Mother Blest and found this YouTube video recorded in Edinburgh at a Latin Mass

    August 15, 2013 at 3:24 pm
  • pewcatholic

    Thought you might be interested in this article about Catholic hymnals messing around with words. I’m glad your recording has the ‘wicked men’ in place.


    August 15, 2013 at 3:47 pm
  • editor


    I agree about messing around with the words of hymns to make them more inclusive. Numpties.

    I hope the absence of jokes following mine doesn’t mean we’re not all enjoying the Feast Day.

    More likely, mine was so corny it killed the fun dead!

    See if I care…

    August 15, 2013 at 4:01 pm
  • sixupman

    At Mass this morning [NOM] the very aged Canon, as usual, gave a few words on the feast day and referred to The Annunciation being a Dogma of Mother Church, at which point a nun (I think) piped up with some contradiction or other. Amazing! The church is within sight of my box room/office and I attend usually on a Wednesday when there is also Exposition. The Canon a charismatic priest, who you know has heard too numerous Confessions to count and has a real knowledge of people, just like PPs in the old days.

    August 15, 2013 at 7:10 pm
  • Magdalene

    As the Feast Day of the Assumption of Our Lady is drawing to a close, may I say how glad and relieved I am that the Blog is back on track – intelligent, Faith affirming posts. Please God, no more contributions from demonic-inspired atheists.

    August 15, 2013 at 11:11 pm
    • editor

      Thanks Magdalene, good to have you back.

      And yes, don’t let’s have these terrible non-believers bothering us. It’s just a pain, isn’t it, when we could be chattering away to ourselves in our “faith-affirming” way.

      Actually, to be honest, Magdalene, I’m going to delete the ABOUT US page on the blog – it is mostly a repetition of the website page anyway, and was only meant to be a temporary stop-gap. I’ve just not managed to get round to writing up a specific blog “about us” but I will do so asap.

      Because I want to spell out the fact that this blog – indeed, our entire Catholic Truth apostolate – is just that: an apostolate. It’s not meant to be a cosy club for the already saved. Apostolic work means doing what we can to spread the Faith, and before you tell me – as others have told me – that this or that atheist or this or that Protestant who happens by “are not remotely interested” or “have no intention of” paying attention to anything we say (which is often, if not always, very true) let me repeat: that does not change our duty to answer their questions and correct their errors. If they refuse to take heed, then, ultimately, we’re looking at the unforgiveable sin against the Holy Spirit – denying the manifest truth. But whatever their mindset, the only permitted mindset for a Catholic is to do our duty to spread the Faith and correct error. No soul is unimportant or beyond redemption. Nor can we put a time-limit (they either convert by 4th June or I’m done with them!) Some patience and elementary courtesy are essential. Who is ever going to be attracted to the Church if we are impatient and even rude, no matter how annoying any particular individual may be (whether Catholic, Protestant, agnostic, atheist).

      Dusting off our shoes/closing down a topic thread may ultimately be what we have to do but I’ll decide when the time is right to do that. In the meantime, anyone who feels they’ve had enough and don’t want to discuss any more with any particular blogger – be they Catholic, atheist or a wee green man from Mars – so be it. You won’t hear any complaints from me.

      Now, that was a practise run for the new “about us” page. Wait till you see the final piece – fasten your seat belts!

      I’ll shortly be closing down this thread and it is – yet again – disappointing to see how few comments are posted on devotional threads. Interesting – seems, Magdalene, that there’s “faith-affirming” and there’s “faith-affirming”…

      Thanks to all who paid tribute to Our Lady on this thread today. God bless.

      August 15, 2013 at 11:36 pm

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