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Holy Mass Readings and Video : #Assumption Solemnity - Friday August 15, 2020 - #Eucharist - Virtual Church

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Mass during the Day 


Revelation 11.19a; 12.1-6a, 10ab
God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple.

A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth.

Then another portent appeared in heaven: a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail swept down a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. Then the dragon stood before the woman who was about to bear a child, so that he might devour her child as soon as it was born.

And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. But her child was snatched away and taken to God and to his throne; and the woman fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, so that there she can be nourished for one thousand two hundred sixty days.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, proclaiming, “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ.”

1 Corinthians 15.20-26
Brothers and sisters: Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a man; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.

Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Psalm 45
R. At your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.

Daughters of kings are among your ladies of honour; at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir. Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear; forget your people and your father’s house. R.

The king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him. The princess is decked with golden robes; in many-coloured robes she is led to the king; behind her the virgins, her companions, follow. R.

With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king. R.

Luke 1.39-56
Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

And Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned to her home.

Feast August 15 : Assumption of Mary into Heaven the Solemnity Remembering when Mary was taken to Heaven - Holy Day of Obligation

The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 15 August; also called in old liturgical books Pausatio, Nativitas (for heaven), Mors, Depositio, Dormitio S. Mariae. This feast has a double object: (1) the happy departure of Mary from this life; (2) the assumption of her body into heaven. It is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin. (This is a Holy Day of Obligation in the USA- meaning you normally have to attend Mass - However,  due to Covid-19 this is not required)
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The fact of the Assumption
Regarding the day, year, and manner of Our Lady's death, nothing certain is known. The earliest known literary reference to the Assumption is found in the Greek work De Obitu S. Dominae. Catholic faith, however, has always derived our knowledge of the mystery from Apostolic Tradition. Epiphanius (d. 403) acknowledged that he knew nothing definite about it (Haer., lxxix, 11). The dates assigned for it vary between three and fifteen years after Christ's Ascension. Two cities claim to be the place of her departure: Jerusalem and Ephesus. Common consent favours Jerusalem, where her tomb is shown; but some argue in favour of Ephesus. The first six centuries did not know of the tomb of Mary at Jerusalem. The belief in the corporeal assumption of Mary is founded on the apocryphal treatise De Obitu S. Dominae, bearing the name of St. John, which belongs however to the fourth or fifth century. It is also found in the book De Transitu Virginis, falsely ascribed to St. Melito of Sardis, and in a spurious letter attributed to St. Denis the Areopagite. If we consult genuine writings in the East, it is mentioned in the sermons of St. Andrew of Crete, St. John Damascene, St. Modestus of Jerusalem and others. In the West, St. Gregory of Tours (De gloria mart., I, iv) mentions it first. The sermons of St. Jerome and St. Augustine for this feast, however, are spurious. St. John of Damascus (P.G., I, 96) thus formulates the tradition of the Church of Jerusalem:
St. Juvenal, Bishop of Jerusalem, at the Council of Chalcedon (451), made known to the Emperor Marcian and Pulcheria, who wished to possess the body of the Mother of God, that Mary died in the presence of all the Apostles, but that her tomb, when opened, upon the request of St. Thomas, was found empty; wherefrom the Apostles concluded that the body was taken up to heaven.
Today, the belief in the corporeal assumption of Mary is universal in the East and in the West; according to Benedict XIV (De Festis B.V.M., I, viii, 18) it is a probable opinion, which to deny were impious and blasphemous.
The feast of the Assumption
Regarding the origin of the feast we are also uncertain. It is more probably the anniversary of the dedication of some church than the actual anniversary of Our Lady's death. That it originated at the time of the Council of Ephesus, or that St. Damasus introduced it in Rome is only a hypothesis.
According to the life of St. Theodosius (d. 529) it was celebrated in Palestine before the year 500, probably in August (Baeumer, Brevier, 185). In Egypt and Arabia, however, it was kept in January, and since the monks of Gaul adopted many usages from the Egyptian monks (Baeumer, Brevier, 163), we find this feast in Gaul in the sixth century, in January [mediante mense undecimo (Greg. Turon., De gloria mart., I, ix)]. The Gallican Liturgy has it on the 18th of January, under the title: Depositio, Assumptio, or Festivitas S. Mariae (cf. the notes of Mabillon on the Gallican Liturgy, P.L., LXXII, 180). This custom was kept up in the Gallican Church to the time of the introduction of the Roman rite. In the Greek Church, it seems, some kept this feast in January, with the monks of Egypt; others in August, with those of Palestine; wherefore the Emperor Maurice (d. 602), if the account of the "Liber Pontificalis" (II, 508) be correct, set the feast for the Greek Empire on 15 August.
In Rome (Batiffol, Brev. Rom., 134) the oldest and only feast of Our Lady was 1 January, the octave of Christ's birth. It was celebrated first at Santa Maria Maggiore, later at Santa Maria ad Martyres. The other feasts are of Byzantine origin. Duchesne thinks (Origines du culte chr., 262) that before the seventh century no other feast was kept at Rome, and that consequently the feast of the Assumption, found in the sacramentaries of Gelasius and Gregory, is a spurious addition made in the eighth or seventh century. Probst, however (Sacramentarien, 264 sqq.), brings forth good arguments to prove that the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, found on the 15th of August in the Gelasianum, is genuine, since it does not mention the corporeal assumption of Mary; that, consequently, the feast was celebrated in the church of Santa Maria Maggiore at Rome at least in the sixth century. He proves, furthermore, that the Mass of the Gregorian Sacramentary, such as we have it, is of Gallican origin (since the belief in the bodily assumption of Mary, under the influence of the apocryphal writings, is older in Gaul than in Rome), and that it supplanted the old Gelasian Mass. At the time of Sergius I (700) this feast was one of the principal festivities in Rome; the procession started from the church of St. Hadrian. It was always a double of the first class and a Holy Day of obligation. The octave was added in 847 by Leo IV; in Germany this octave was not observed in several dioceses up to the time of the Reformation. The Church of Milan has not accepted it up to this day (Ordo Ambros., 1906). The octave is privileged in the dioceses of the provinces of Sienna, Fermo, Michoacan, etc.
The Greek Church continues this feast to 23 August, inclusive, and in some monasteries of Mount Athos it is protracted to 29 August (Menaea Graeca, Venice, 1880), or was, at least, formerly. In the dioceses of Bavaria a thirtieth day (a species of month's mind) of the Assumption was celebrated during the Middle Ages, 13 Sept., with the Office of the Assumption (double); today, only the Diocese of Augsburg has retained this old custom.
Some of the Bavarian dioceses and those of Brandenburg, Mainz, Frankfort, etc., on 23 Sept. kept the feast of the "Second Assumption", or the "Fortieth Day of the Assumption" (double) believing, according to the revelations of St. Elizabeth of Schönau (d. 1165) and of St. Bertrand, O.C. (d. 1170), that the B.V. Mary was taken up to heaven on the fortieth day after her death (Grotefend, Calendaria 2, 136). The Brigittines kept the feast of the "Glorification of Mary" (double) 30 Aug., since St. Brigitta of Sweden says (Revel., VI, l) that Mary was taken into heaven fifteen days after her departure (Colvenerius, Cal. Mar., 30 Aug.). In Central America a special feast of the Coronation of Mary in heaven (double major) is celebrated 18 August. The city of Gerace in Calabria keeps three successive days with the rite of a double first class, commemorating: 15th of August, the death of Mary; 16th of August, her Coronation. At Piazza, in Sicily, there is a commemoration of the Assumption of Mary (double second class) the 20th of February, the anniversary of the earthquake of 1743. A similar feast (double major with octave) is kept at Martano, Diocese of Otranto, in Apulia, 19th of November. Note: By promulgating the Bull Munificentissimus Deus, 1 November, 195
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New Historic Peace Agreement between Israel and the UAE postpones Annexation and is Announced by US President Trump

Asia News report: by Joshua Lapide
The Emirates are the third Arab country, after Egypt and Jordan, to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. The agreement should "advance peace in the Middle East". For Abu Dhabi, it will stop Israeli annexation of the occupied territories; for Tel Aviv the annexations will be partial and only "postponed". For Hamas, the agreement is a betrayal of the Palestinian cause. Bahrain and Oman could follow Abu Dhabi's example. But the axis of the Resistance, led by Iran, would be strengthened.

Jerusalem (AsiaNews) - A joint press release and the public announcement by US President Donald Trump yesterday broke the news that Israel and the United Arab Emirates have decided to normalize their diplomatic relations.

This step - it is said - "will advance peace in the Middle East" and is testimony to the "audacious vision of the three leaders": Donald Trump, Benjamin Netanyahu, Mohammed Bin Zayed.

In the coming weeks, the delegations of the two Middle Eastern countries will meet to draw up bilateral agreements in investments, security, telecommunications, technology and culture.

The deal had been in the air for some time, prepared by sports matches and television series, but the catalyst was the Trump administration's haste to show the effectiveness of its Middle East peace plan, in anticipation of the presidential elections in the United States. USA.

The Palestinian question was holding back the pace. In 2002, the countries of the Arab League, led by Saudi Arabia, proposed to Israel the normalization of relations in exchange for the withdrawal of Tel Aviv from the occupied territories, the total reception of Palestinian refugees and the launch of a Palestinian state. Israel had rejected it. With yesterday’s agreement, the unity between Arab countries has broken and the future of a Palestinian state is at risk.

Mohammed bin Zayed stressed yesterday that this step will stop the annexation of territories occupied by Israel, but Netanyahu said that the annexations will only be stopped "temporarily" and that at most there will be no annexation of parts of the West Bank.

Upon hearing the news, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called an emergency meeting; Hamas has called Abu Dhabi a "traitor" of the Palestinian cause.

The Emirates are the third Arab country to establish diplomatic relations with Israel. In 1979 Egypt did so; in 1994 Jordan. Cairo hailed the new agreement as "a step" towards "the realization of peace in the Middle East". Amman has not been enthusiastic, pointing out that everything will depend on the future steps of Israel, which continues to violate the "rights of the Palestinians" and should engage in a dialogue for a two-state solution.

In the near future, the Israel-Emirates agreement could push other Arab countries to take similar steps, especially Bahrain and Oman. But it could also strengthen the so-called "Axis of Resistance", which sees Iran as the state that does not bow to Israel and defends the Palestinians, with Qatar and Turkey aligned.

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"Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never Love her more than Jesus did." 
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New North Korean Diocese to be Dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima

Vatican News release -Pyongyang Diocese will be dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima on 15 August at Myeongdong Cathedral, SeoulPyongyang Diocese will be dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima on 15 August at Myeongdong Cathedral, Seoul
North Korea's Pyongyang Diocese to be dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima
Korean Cardinal Andrew Soo-jung Yeom, Archbishop of Seoul and Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang, announces the dedication of the Diocese of Pyongyang to Our Lady of Fatima on 15 August.
By Vatican News

The Diocese of Pyongyang, North Korea, is to be dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima on 15 August, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Archbishop of Seoul and Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang, Cardinal Andrew Soo-jung Yeom, made this announcement in his message for the liturgical Solemnity. He said that the assumption into heaven of Our Lady “is a sign of hope for us, the faithful, because it has given us hope that if we are faithful in our believing like the Holy Mother, we will be saved and rewarded with eternal life in the kingdom of God (Luke 1:38).”

And, “since this year marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Korea from the Japanese colonial rule and the 70thanniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War,” he decided to “dedicate the Pyongyang Diocese to Our Lady of Fatima after sincere prayer and discernment.”

He also expressed his wish that “the day will come soon when we will be able to share with our North Korean brothers and sisters the joy of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”

The dedication ceremony will hold during the Mass on 15 August at Myeongdong Cathedral in the South Korean city of Seoul.

Celebration amid history of challenges
Cardinal Yeom said that the liturgical Solemnity is special and meaningful for the Korean Church because on 15 August 1945, Korea was liberated from Japanese colonial rule.

However, “amid the whirlwinds of the nation’s division following the liberation and the subsequent Korean War, all Koreans suffered unspeakable pain.”

He went on to explain that religious people suffered even more. Churches and monasteries were closed during the war, and priests, religious and the faithful were taken into custody and subjected to hardship or death. He also gave the example of “Servant of God” Bishop Francis Borgia Hong Yong-ho and his 80 companions “who professed their faith to the end,” becoming “martyrs of the persecution carried out by the Stalinist regime of Kim Il-Sung.”

In 1949, Bishop Yong-ho and a group of priests and laypeople were taken into custody and disappeared. The Korean Church has opened the process of the beatification of Bishop Yong-ho.

Even now, Cardinal Yeom lamented, “there is not a single clergyman in North Korea who can perform his ministry,” adding that “we need the special grace of God to correct this sad reality.”

The dedication, therefore, comes as this year marks the double events of the 75th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from colonial rule and the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, said Cardinal Yeom. He also expressed his desire that one day the Church in the two Koreas would be able to share the joy of the liturgical solemnity together.

Dedication ceremony
Cardinal Yeom pointed out that this is the first time the Pyongyang Diocese would be dedicated since its establishment in 1927.

Even though the dedication ceremony is in the Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, “it is significant given the spiritual unity between the Pyongyang Diocese and the Seoul Archdiocese.”

The Cardinal also mentioned that he asked Pope Francis for a special blessing for the Pyongyang Diocese, adding that the Pope “promised to offer a special prayer for the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary” on the day of the dedication.

Call to peace
Cardinal Yeom said the Korean Catholic Church has been actively engaged in various humanitarian activities to promote true peace in the Korean Peninsula. However, relations between the two Koreas still remain strained.

The Covid-19 pandemic, he added, has further exacerbated the “ideological division, prevalence of life-threatening trends, and polarization of wealth” which only serve to deepen the conflicts between generations and between classes.

“We have been called by the Lord to serve as “apostles of peace” through prayer, repentance, sacrifice, and service,” he said. “Let us establish true peace on this land by overcoming the anxiety and distrust that have permeated every aspect of our society through the practice of love that Jesus Christ our Lord taught us.”

“I believe the urgent task of our time is to restore the spirit of community through which everyone can peacefully join in union and coexist,” he continued, adding that this can only be achieved when all are convinced that all humans are created in God’s image.

The Cardinal called for “dialogue based on mutual trust, not force” and expressed his desire that “the two Koreas will open their hearts and start to talk for real peace.” He also invited everyone to pray for the intercession of our Mother Mary, Mother of peace “to bring true peace in our society.”

“I hope the day will come soon when the North Korean Church will be able to praise the Lord again in joy and peace through the protection and intercession of the Holy Mother,” he added.

In conclusion, Cardinal Yeom prayed that, in celebrating the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, her love will be given as a gift. He also prayed for a “new world overflowing with love and peace” and that God’s grace will be with all those suffering due to Covid-19.
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Say once a day for 9 days
Especially on the Feast of St. Maximilian.
 O Lord Jesus Christ, Who said, "greater love than this no man has that a man lay down his life for his friends," through the intercession of Saint Maximilian Kolbe whose life illustrated such love, we beseech Thee to grant us our petitions. (Mention your intentions here) Through the Militia Immaculata movement, which Maximilian founded, he spread a fervent devotion to Our Lady throughout the world. He gave up his life for a total stranger and loved his persecutors, giving us an example of unselfish love for all men -- a love that was inspired by true devotion to Mary. Grant, O Lord Jesus, that we too may give ourselves entirely without reserve to the love and service of our Heavenly Queen in order to better love and serve our fellow man in imitation of Thy humble servant, Saint Maximilian. Amen.
 Recite 1 Our Father, 1 Hail Marys and 1 Glory Be each day.