News for Sunday 15th August: The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th August 2021: The Feast of The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary

If you had (or indeed have) managed to avoid the trauma of foreign travel this summer: the risk of your destination being on an amber or red list, the restrictions of self-isolation that may be imposed due to travel between countries, the constant Covid testing and any social distancing that may be necessary in airports and holiday resorts … you might just have ended up in a country where there will be some pretty big fireworks displays this weekend! The reason … The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary. It's a big thing in many European countries where Roman Catholicism is the principal religious denomination. Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Malta, Romania … name most of the European mainland, together with several countries in South America and Africa. If it were not on a Sunday, many countries would also mark the day with a public holiday. Until quite recently, there would have been fireworks too at St. Mary's, Kenton on the Feast of The Assumption, as it used to be our Patronal Festival. But what makes this feast so special?

The Assumption commemorates the taking up to heaven of our Lady, body and soul, at the end of her earthly life. We have no scriptural reference to explain this, but we accept it as one of the great mysteries of our faith. It is sometimes referred to as a “dogma” – “a truth revealed by God”. Just as Jesus ascended into heaven, it is not surprising that Mary, the one who was chosen to be the mother of Our Saviour, the one who was born without sin as the Immaculate Conception, that she would be called in her entirety, body and soul, into heaven upon her death. “Now a great sign appeared in heaven; a woman adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with the twelve stars on her head for a crown.”

You will be very welcome to come and celebrate The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Saturday, 14th August at 6.00pm; or on Sunday 15th August at 10.30am at the Parish Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Kenton.

“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen”

David Griffiths