Friday, August 13, 2010

Bulletin 11

SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806
EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS: Celebrant Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching
August 15th, 2010 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Judith 13, 22-25; 15, 10
Luke 1, 41-50

Mass schedule August 16th through August 20th
Monday: Saint Joachim, Father of the Blessed Virgin Mary; No Latin Mass
Tuesday: Saint Hyacinth, Confessor
Wednesday: Saint Agapitus, Martyr
Thursday: Saint John Eudes, Confessor
Friday: Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, Abbot and Doctor


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From Father Fasching

The first fruits of the Holy Spirit are peace and joy. The Blessed Virgin Mary received within herself from God the fullness of the grace of the Holy Ghost. When God looks with favor upon Mary, her humble soul feels extreme joy and gratitude. Mary received more grace than any other human being. She was filled with peace and joy while she proclaimed her Magnificat.

Saint Bede writes: “It was fitting, then, that just as death entered the world through the pride of our first parents, the entry of Life should be manifested by the humility of Mary.” We should recognize once again the importance of humility in our own lives! It is not Mary’s faith, charity, or her immaculate purity that she speaks of in her hymn, but rather she sings: “Since He has looked on my humility, all generations will call me blessed.”

God rewards the Blessed Virgin Mary’s humility by all mankind’s recognition of her greatness: “All generations will call me blessed.” Herein we should see the infinite value of the Hail Mary. Every time someone says the Hail Mary the above prophecy is fulfilled. Mary is praised on earth continually and without interruption. Listen to the words of Lumen gentium: “From the earliest times the Blessed Virgin is honoured under the title of Mother of God, under whose protection the faithful take refuge together in prayer in all their perils and needs. Accordingly, following the Council of Ephesus, there was a remarkable growth in the cult of the people of God towards Mary, in veneration and love, in invocation and imitation, according to her own prophetic words: ‘all generations will call me blessed, for he who is mighty has done great things for me’”

In Christ, Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching