News for Sunday 16th August

News from St Mary the Virgin, Kenton on Sunday 16th August 2020: The Feast of The Assumption of Our Lady

It is not so long ago that The Feast of The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary, the 15th August, was celebrated at St. Mary's, Kenton as our Patronal Festival. There would usually be a carnival atmosphere, with concelebrating priests and a guest preacher; the Mass being followed by a “Kenton Feast” and Fireworks. If you were holidaying in any of the predominantly Roman Catholic countries of Europe, you would probably witness similar celebrations in Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Belgium, Croatia, Malta, Poland and Slovenia to name but a few. In fact, it was due to so many of our regular worshippers being away on holiday in August, that our Patronal Festival was moved one month later to the Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham.

This weekend, we are able to celebrate The Assumption of Our Lady at 6.00pm on Saturday 15th August; and again at 10.30am on Sunday 16th August. Regrettably, we can't offer a Concelebrated Mass. Neither can we hold one of our customary parties and there won't be fireworks either. But we will give thanks for Our Lady and her commitment to God's invitation to bear Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. As Luke's Gospel recounts Mary's visit to Elizabeth and we hear Mary's hymn of praise which we recite as The Magnificat (the word in Latin which starts this great exclamation of love and joy)
Magnificat anima mea

“My soul magnifies the greatness of The Lord,
and my spirit exults in God my saviour.”

Those of you who are unable to celebrate in church are welcome to join us on the web-cams. We have recently upgraded to a different service provider (so will no longer be with MCN Media) but you will now be able to find us on YouTube – which should be a more reliable 'service' (in more ways than one!). You can use this link to join in with our celebration of The Assumption
and of course to join in with other devotions and Masses during the week (times and details on the Pew Sheet).

“Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!
Ave, Ave, Ave Maria!”

David Griffiths