A Happy Feast Of The Assumption!

A Happy Feast Of The Assumption!

I’ll sing a hymn to Mary,
The Mother of my God,
The Virgin of all virgins,
Of David’s royal blood.
O teach me, Holy Mary,
A loving song to frame,
When wicked men blaspheme thee,
To love and bless thy name.

O noble Tower of David,
Of gold and ivory.
The ark of God’s own promise,
The gate of Heav’n to me.
To live and not to love thee
Would fill my soul with shame.
When wicked men blaspheme thee,
I’ll love and bless thy name.

The saints are high in glory,
With golden crowns so bright,
But brighter far is Mary
Upon her throne of light.
O that which God did give thee,
Let mortal ne’er disclaim;
When wicked men blaspheme thee
I’ll love and bless thy name.

But in the crown of Mary,
There lies a wondrous gem,
As Queen of all the Angels,
Which Mary shares with them;
“No sin hath e’er defiled thee,”
So doth our faith proclaim:
When wicked men blaspheme thee,
I’ll love and bless thy name.

(Fr. J. Wyze 1825-1898)

Comments (74)

  • morgana


    August 16, 2015 at 12:36 pm
  • Athanasius


    Of course souls can fall away from the faith even when Traditionally formed, but this is far less frequent than with young people who are not formed at all. They don’t teach Catechism in Catholic schools any more, at least not in the Traditional sense. How, then, can they expect young Catholics to love a God they know nothing about? Therein lies the root of the problem, exacerbated of course by Communion in the hand, happy-clappy Masses and lots of heretical propaganda about respecting false religions. Catholic kids today have been utterly robbed of their spiritual inheritance by lax and/or apostate so-called educators. That’s not how it was pre-Vatican II and the Church was vibrant then.

    August 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm
  • morgana

    Athanasius surely the instructing in the faith lies with the parents first and foremost .The young as you quite rightly say don’t get the proper catholic teaching and if they do it is in a watered down version to keep everyone happy can’t be seen to be upsetting anybody.

    August 16, 2015 at 2:14 pm
    • editor


      Several generations of Catholics have not been taught even the basics of the faith. They are now the parents, and even grandparents, of the current generation. How on earth can they ever hope to pass on what they have never been taught? Even the ‘liberal’ Cardinal Winning RIP, Glasgow, admitted this quite openly and that was several years ago. The situation has worsened considerably since then.

      I heard very recently about a young 20-something working man who was attending a family event in a Catholic church. He’s lapsed, so a relative reminded him of the need to genuflect when entering or leaving his pew. His reaction was to ask “what’s ‘genuflect’ mean?” Think: he may not have Higher English but I doubt if he’d ever have to ask “what’s a noun?” or “what’s an adjective?” Basic stuff has not been passed on to children in Catholic schools. Indeed, I remember pointing this out when a young niece of mine proudly showed me her school report. In the section on RE, the teacher reported that (name) has a very good understanding of Alive-O. Now, Alive-O was the RE programme in use at the time, a programme with about as much Catholic content as a Presbyterian church service. In fact, it had pagan content, by the bucketful.

      Eventually, Alive-O was denounced by the Vatican, as usual locking the stable door after the horse has bolted, but not before a priest in Glasgow refused to allow a 7 year child her First Confession because her mother had raised concerns about Alive-O. In fact, he insisted that she sign a document withdrawing her concerns, in which case the child would, after all, be permitted to make her First Confession. This took place in a Glasgow parish on the day before the First Confessions, and was fully reported in the Catholic Truth newsletter at the time. The mother refused to sign and her daughter was not permitted to join her class for First Confession. The mother had to contact another priest who agreed to hear the child’s First Confession. Note: the mother had not withdrawn the child from Alive-O lessons but had asked a primary school teacher friend of a more traditional leaning faith, to give her daughter extra instruction. Such was the determination to use RE programmes to keep the truths of the Faith from young people, that that priest thought nothing of ignoring the fact that the child demonstrably knew all that she needed to know about the Sacrament – and more – in order to stamp out the mother’s “dissent” from the diabolical school programme being passed off as Catholic education in that school and in schools right across Scotland. Click here to read a grandparent’s review of Alive-O

      I could add many similar stories, evidential of the lack of sound teaching in Catholic schools, but here’s just one from my own experience as an RE teacher in a Catholic college in England. Some years after leaving that institution a former student, at that time twenty-five years old, got in touch with me and in the conversation revealed that, my lessons apart (I’m happy to say), he had never heard any mention of Hell in any sermon, RE lesson or assembly, right through his “Catholic” education. He, was attending school and parish, and would be classed as a practising Catholic. No thanks, obviously, to his teachers and priests.

      “Catholic” RE teachers are themselves routinely co-habiting, and in one case (widely reported across the internet at the time) a Head-Teacher of a Catholic school (in, I think, Liverpool) was a partnered homosexual; all the relevant authorities knew about his domestic situation, including the church and school authorities, but nothing was done about it. Those of us who raised the issue were branded “extremists” and more or less told to go off and learn to be more (falsely) charitable.

      So, yes, of course the first responsibility for teaching the Faith lies with the parents. But if they haven’t been taught it from their parents, who also have been victims of modernist teaching in schools and parishes, what to do?

      What we do is recognise it as a diabolical crisis in the Church and click on the link to find out what means have been provided by God to see us through this time of trial. We then jump into that lifeboat and keep close to the shore!

      As for lapsation happening anyway – of course! That has always happened, However, I doubt very much if there were many Catholics on their deathbeds prior to Vatican II who refused the priest, saying they didn’t need to confess, that God is merciful, blah blah. That is exactly what is happening now. In their ignorance, some Catholics, even in their nineties, are turning away priests (and I’ve heard this from more than one hospital chaplain) because they have lost all sense of Catholicity and their sinfulness in relation to God’s goodness. That’s one major difference, between people who may have lapsed from the Faith for a time, even a lifetime, in the past, and what we are witnessing today – virtual apostasy. A God made in their own likeness, to whom there is no need to confess sins or express remorse. A God with whom they are absolutely equal. That’s quite a mentality with which to face one’s Maker.

      August 16, 2015 at 5:21 pm
  • morgana

    Your last few sentences say it all .People don’t want god in their lives because they won’t be able to do exactly as they like hence why Vatican 2 came about god needed modernised god who never changes had to be brought up to speed with everybody else’s way off thinking and how has it ended with devastation and almost destruction of what our dear lord instituted.

    August 16, 2015 at 5:54 pm
    • editor


      Remember, too, that at Vatican II, there was very little discussion on Catholic education because the Fathers agreed that we had never had such an educated and articulate laity. In other words, the faithful knew their religion, could explain it, defend it, and practise it.

      Now, after over fifty years of the “Vatican II springtime” and “renewal”, there are baptised Catholic children who don’t know how to make the sign of the cross. I saw a two year old in the Glasgow SSPX chapel genuflect and make the sign of the cross only this morning.

      Go figure, as our American cousins say!

      August 16, 2015 at 6:03 pm
  • christiana

    At Mass in our village this morning there was the usual hubbub of conversation in the church, completely ignoring the fact that the priest was kneeling at the front saying his prayers! Then the lady who was helping two young lads to do the music, guitars if course, stood up and shouted “guys, guys, could we just run through the first hymn” we were the guys! I was shocked. There seems so little sense of reverence or dignity in Catholic Churches these days. However it us I suppose better than in France where there seem to be fewer and fewer people at Mass and hardly any young families. How have things come to this?

    August 16, 2015 at 9:21 pm
    • editor


      I met a woman in the USA during my visit there, who told me that when, e.g., in a restaurant, a waiter or waitress addresses her group as “you guys”, she always replies: “do I LOOK like a ‘guy’?”

      As for those fewer and fewer people at Mass in France. Well, I believe the traditional chapels in France are packed out so maybe that’s why the new Mass is so poorly attended. For which, give thanks to God!

      August 16, 2015 at 11:50 pm
      • spudeater


        Did you never see the East German women’s shot-put team?

        August 17, 2015 at 6:34 am
    • Benedict Carter

      Apostasy by those at the top is how things have come to this.

      August 17, 2015 at 9:14 pm
  • spudeater

    After St.Bernadette had become a nun, a M.Lasserre who was writing a book about the events at Lourdes was given permission to speak to her at some length and composed this description of Our Lady from St.Bernadette’s own lips:

    ‘There was nothing vague or vapoury in the Apparition. It had none of the fugitive outlines of a fantastic vision; it was a living reality, a human body,which the eye judged to be palpable as that of an ordinary human being. The only difference was in its aureole and its divine beauty. She seemed to be quite young and had the graces of twenty years of age; but without losing anything of its tender delicacy, that beauty, fugitive in time, had in it a character that was eternal. Moreover, in its features, divinely beautiful in outline, were somehow blended without disturbing their harmony, the successive and isolated charm of each of the four seasons of human life. The innocent frankness of a child; the absolute purity of a virgin; the tender gravity of the highest of maternities; a wisdom superior to that of all accumulated ages, were summed up and interfused, without injuring one another, in this marvellous countenance of a young person’.

    The dogma of Our Lady’s Assumption made manifest.

    August 16, 2015 at 10:11 pm
    • Therese


      August 16, 2015 at 10:35 pm
  • bencjcarter

    Had a lovely short sermon last night from Father Philippe Pazat at the SSPX Priory in Bristol. How he loves the Blessed Mother! The main point of the sermon wasn’t this, but he gave a short and very clear explanation of why the Assumption and the Orthodox tradition of the Dormition are not at all in opposition to each other.

    And here is a work of acknowledged genius for Our Lady – the famous Vox Caelestis Patris by English composer William Mundy, written in the reign of Queen Mary (1553-1558).

    August 16, 2015 at 10:46 pm
  • christiana

    Thank you for that! Beautiful music indeed.
    Talking of going to mass in France, we went recently to find that the Mass had been replaced that week by a Service of the Word. The parish priest has 16 parishes to care for so cannot say Nass in each church every week. Anyway the service was competently and reverently managed by laypeople with good singing and a cantor. No ministers of the Eucharist so no Holy Communion. There was however a rather lengthy sermon on the Gospel if the day, also preached by a layman. There were about 60 people in the congregation but no young people at all. Average age about sixty I guess. Huge shortage of priests.

    August 17, 2015 at 10:55 am
    • Athanasius

      If I remember correctly, it is forbidden for lay people to preach a sermon. This is the duty of the priest, no exceptions.

      What you describe, Christiana, is a full blown Protestant service. I wouldn’t have anything to do with such a parody. My advice, as always, is that the Catholic faithful should vote with their feet when bishops try to foist these priestless spectacles on them.

      August 17, 2015 at 9:37 pm
  • elebeonu shedrack

    Absolutely fantstic , all generation shall call me blessed

    August 19, 2015 at 8:45 am
  • elebeonu shedrack

    All generation shall call me blessed. , the lord works marvel for me , holy is his name

    August 19, 2015 at 8:47 am
  • Dale Greensfelder

    Roman Catholic dogma, infallibly proclaims the doctrine of the Assumption leaves open the question whether, in connection with her departure, Mary underwent bodily death; that is, it does not dogmatically define the point one way or the other, as shown by the words “having completed the course of her earthly life”.

    September 3, 2015 at 6:36 am

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