Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Signum Magnum apparuit in caelo

Second reading 1 Corinthians 15:20 - 26
Christ has in fact been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of all who have fallen asleep. Death came through one man and in the same way the resurrection of the dead has come through one man. Just as all men die in Adam, so all men will be brought to life in Christ; but all of them in their proper order: Christ as the first-fruits and then, after the coming of Christ, those who belong to him. After that will come the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, having done away with every sovereignty, authority and power. For he must be king until he has put all his enemies under his feet and the last of the enemies to be destroyed is death, for everything is to be put under his feet.

From Munificentissimus Deus

"Yet, according to the general rule, God does not will to grant to the just the full effect of the victory over death until the end of time has come. And so it is that the bodies of even the just are corrupted after death, and only on the last day will they be joined, each to its own glorious soul.

Now God has willed that the Blessed Virgin Mary should be exempted from this general rule. She, by an entirely unique privilege, completely overcame sin by her Immaculate Conception, and as a result she was not subject to the law of remaining in the corruption of the grave, and she did not have to wait until the end of time for the redemption of her body.

Thus, when it was solemnly proclaimed that Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, was from the very beginning free from the taint of original sin, the minds of the faithful were filled with a stronger hope that the day might soon come when the dogma of the Virgin Mary's bodily Assumption into heaven would also be defined by the Church's supreme teaching authority.

I, PIUS, Bishop of the Catholic Church, have signed, so defining"

A Happy Feast Day to everyone!

No liturgical glories for me on this feast day - a quiet 8am Mass on the way to work, but set me up nicely for the day. So for some liturgical uplift, I'm listening to the proper of the Mass for the feast sung by the Benedictine Nuns of St Cecilia's, Ryde, Isle of Wight. Not quite the manly chant, Fr Finigan extolled recently, but it'll do.

Regina in caelum assumpta, Ora pro nobis.


Blogger Fr Tim Finigan said...

LOL. No, it certainly isn't "manly chant" - but it is the best of the Solesmes tradition. I regularly visit St Cecilia's and I'd happily settle for their chant in my parish :-)

9:25 PM  

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