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Sunday, August 19, 2018SAINT MARY THE VIRGIN
August 15 is a major feast day in both the west and the east. On this date, the Roman Church celebrates the Assumption of Mary, or her bodily ascent into Heaven after her death, while the Eastern Orthodox Church celebrates the Dormition, or Falling Asleep, of Mary, also referring to the end of her life on earth.
The Episcopal Church and much of the wider Anglican Communion calls this day the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. While this title doesn't focus specifically on the end of Mary's life, as the Roman and Eastern feast names do, we still use the same prayers and lessons as these two older traditions.
At Saint Thomas we celebrate this feast twice:
- August 15: the feast day itself, with services in the Lady Chapel (Chantry Chapel)
- The Sunday closest to August 15, which includes a Festal Eucharist at 11am.
O God, who hast taken to thyself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of thy incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of thine eternal kingdom; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Monday, August 20, 2018Bernard
Abbot of Claivaux; Doctor of the Church
d. August 20, 1153
The first Cistercian monk to be placed on the Calendar of Saints, Bernard founded 163 monastaries in Europe. He is credited with a profound rise in the veneration of Mary in the twelfth century.
In Dante's Divine Comedy, Bernard is the last of the guides through Paridiso, taking Dante toward the very face of God in the Empyrean.
Bernard is credited with writing the words to some of the hymns we continue to sing, including: O Jesus, joy of loving hearts (#649) and Jesus, the very thought of thee (#642).
O God, by whose grace thy servant Bernard of Clairvaux, enkindled with the fire of thy love, became a burning and a shining light in thy Church: Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and may ever walk before thee as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, liveth and reigneth, one God, now and for ever. Amen.