Happy Feast of the Assumption!

Happy Feast of the Assumption!

As with all Feast Day threads, feel free to offer your favourite prayers, hymns, stories, whatever, to honour Our Lady on this most important Feast Day.

Note: if you would like to attend a Traditional Latin Mass to mark this Holy Day, there is Mass in the SSPX chapel in Renfrew Street, Glasgow at 6.30pm this evening. Or in the Society’s Edinburgh chapel at 12.30pm. All welcome. Scroll down this list for chapel addresses.

Comments (28)

  • crofterlady

    Happy Feast Day! What a beautiful feast. It’s our wedding anniversary too!

    August 15, 2014 at 11:37 am
    • editor


      Happy Feast Day AND a very happy wedding anniversary to you, as well. What a beautiful choice of wedding day. Congratulations [and sympathy to Mr Crofterlady. If he’d committed murder he’d have been out by now. The old jokes are the best!]

      Happy Feast everyone!

      August 15, 2014 at 11:41 am
    • gabriel syme

      Happy Anniversary Crofterlady!

      August 15, 2014 at 1:18 pm
    • Margaret Mary

      Happy Anniversary, Crofterlady! I agree, what a beautiful choice of wedding date.

      August 15, 2014 at 2:36 pm
    • Athanasius

      A very happy Feast Day to all!


      It’s also my sister’s wedding anniversary today, so extra blessings wished for you and for them on this very special Feast.

      August 15, 2014 at 3:02 pm
    • Josephine

      Happy anniversary, Crofterlady!

      August 16, 2014 at 12:17 am
  • gabriel syme

    Happy Feast day everyone!

    I was interested to read this from Mundabor earlier:

    today is a solemnity, which means that you can eat meat even if it falls on a Friday.

    It is, put it another way, a day in which the feast character of the Assumption overcomes the penance character of the Friday.


    Does this apply to all holy days of obligation which fall on a Friday?

    August 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm
    • Margaret Mary

      Gabriel Syme,

      I don’t know if all holy days of obligation are solemnities and it’s only on solemnities that we are exempt from the Friday fast. I would guess all holy days are solemnities, though, but don’t know for sure.

      August 15, 2014 at 2:37 pm
    • Athanasius

      Gabriel Syme,

      Yes, it does apply to all holy days of obligation which fall on a Friday. There is no fast and abstinence of Feast days because they are days of joy and celebration. Often, though, there is a requirement to fast and/or abstain on the vigil of a Feast, but it depends on how solemn the Feast is.

      August 15, 2014 at 3:08 pm
      • jobstears

        Happy Feast day everyone!


        Is the fast on the vigil of a Feast not a requirement for every Feast?

        August 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm
      • Athanasius


        I think that might just be for Feasts that are common to the universal Church and not for vigils pertaining to national holy days of obligation, but I’ll check that one out.

        August 15, 2014 at 8:37 pm
      • jobstears

        Thank you, Athanasius!

        August 15, 2014 at 8:43 pm
      • editor


        When I was growing up, nobody told me about this dispensation from Friday fast on Feasts which fall on a Friday 😯 I only found that out quite recently, so, when you’ve checked out Jobstear’s query about vigils, would you check out the following for me…

        Are those of us who didn’t know about the dispensation from fasting on Holy Days which fell on Fridays, entitled to count them up now and make up the feast days on Fridays from now until… if need be… well (in my case definitely ) eternity? Will you check that out for me Athanasius?

        Please and thank you 😀

        August 15, 2014 at 11:45 pm
  • Frankier

    Salve Regina

    Brought back happy memories as well as tears to my eyes.

    A big difference from Amazing Grace.

    August 15, 2014 at 2:38 pm
    • editor


      A very big difference from Amazing Grace.. Well said.

      August 15, 2014 at 11:46 pm
  • Pat McKay

    According to today’s Gospel Reading (Luke 1:39-56)….’Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home’….Here’s a thought – Our Lady may have acted as midwife when St. John the Baptist came into the world.

    When the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, he told her that Elizabeth was then in the sixth month of her pregnancy. The timing adds up – and it would surely make sense for Mary to stay with her cousin for the happy event, before returning home.

    August 15, 2014 at 3:07 pm
    • Confitebor Domino

      Pat McKay

      Unfortunately, on balance, I think it’s unlikely that Our Lady acted as midwife at the birth of St John Baptist (nice thought though it is).

      1. St Luke’s text says Mary went home and only then discusses the birth of the Baptist. If she had stayed for the birth then gone home you might expect him to say so.

      2. My understanding is that in Jewish tradition virgins (even pregnant ones!?) were not supposed to be in attendance at births. St Thomas quotes one or two of the fathers to that effect in the relevant section of the Catena Aurea.

      August 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm
  • The Inquisitor

    Happy Feastday to Editor and all readers.

    Our Lady, Mother of God and Mother of Mercy, we beg you to pray and intercede for the Church, for the Pope and for all of us.

    August 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm
    • editor

      Thank you Inquisitor – and a very happy Feast to you, too.

      August 15, 2014 at 11:47 pm
  • Theresa Rose

    Happy Feast day to everyone.

    Crofterlady, Athanasius,

    What a wonderful day to celebrate wedding anniversaries.

    August 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm
  • Eileenanne

    Happy Anniversary to those celebrating today, but isn’t it unusual for Catholics to get married on a Holyday of Obligation? Friends of mine asked if they could be married on 29th June forty years ago and were told that the requiem Mass did not fulfil the obligation for them or their guests. Was that nonsense?

    August 15, 2014 at 11:15 pm
    • Athanasius


      You may have a point there, especially since I discovered later today that my sister was actually married on August 14th, not 15th as I stated earlier.

      August 16, 2014 at 12:23 am
  • Eileenanne

    SORRY!!! Of course I meant NUPTIAL Mass. I had been thinking about a recent funeral and was distracted.

    August 15, 2014 at 11:16 pm
    • Vianney

      Some say for the groom it is a Requiem Mass, lol.

      August 15, 2014 at 11:20 pm
      • editor


        Your (cheeky) comment reminds me of this couple…

        Wife: “What are you doing?”

        Husband : Nothing.

        Wife : “Nothing…? You’ve been reading our marriage certificate for an hour.”

        Husband : “I was looking for the expiration date.”

        August 15, 2014 at 11:49 pm
    • editor


      Funnily enough, driving today I heard a comical sketch on the radio which ended with the wife saying (roughly from memory) “for goodness sake stop moaning, we’re at a funeral. Enjoy it.! “

      August 15, 2014 at 11:37 pm
  • Josephine

    My belated Feast Day wishes – I’d hate to miss a thread to honour Our Lady so I am glad I still have the chance to say I hope everyone had a lovely Feast of the Assumption.

    August 16, 2014 at 12:17 am
  • editor

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to this Feast Day thread. All very interesting and edifying.

    God bless.

    August 16, 2014 at 12:26 am

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