Friday, August 15, 2008

for my Catholic Readers.....

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin into Heaven. In a nut shell that means after Mary's death, she went to Heaven in her entirety, body and soul. There she is the Queen of all things, especially motherhood. This day marks the blessing of herbs and flowers.

Growing up in a Catholic home and attending Catholic schools for 12 years I was exposed to all things Mary. My mother has a strong devotion to the Blessed Virgin, for years she attended Mass every Tuesday morning. Icons of Mary were everywhere in our home. In particular, the Black Madonna, patroness of Poland. She watched over us and I do feel we were blessed.

As a child I gathered flowers and set them in front of a statue of Mary. When I was afraid to fall asleep because of whatever monsters lurked under my bed, praying the rosary comforted me to sleep. On my wedding day, I had a special bouquet made to present to Mary and I prayed for guidance, to help me be a good wife and mother someday. When I was having difficulty getting pregnant a second time, I invoked not only Mary, but her mother Ann and her cousin Elizabeth. After my divorce, my mother hung a rosary over my wedding picture, in hopes of a reconciliation. Fat chance!!! At my current husband's insistence, I finally removed the picture from my mother's house and hid it away.

For various reason, I've had somewhat of a falling out with The Church. I attend Mass when I feel the need. I do pray, all too often requesting something and not in thanksgiving. But I still feel Mary watches over me, and over those whom I love. And nice Catholic girl that I am, I still remember the major Holy Days.
Like today.
August 15th.
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs,mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this our exile,show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us O holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
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4 comments:

Megryansmom said...

GRRRRR, why is my spacing all messed up towards the end of my post????

Neurotic Grad Student said...

Posting pictures on Blogger is tough, too. Spacing issues are almost enough to make me actually learn how to write code so I don't have to use the WYSIWYG composition screen!!

Leah said...

enjoy this important day for your faith

PS I use photobucket code to include pictures in posts. It's a lot of flipping back and forth from page to page (photobucket to post screen) if you're posting lots of pics at once, but I find it FAR easier to use than blogger's photo deal.

Madra said...

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