Feast of the Assumption and an Important Prayer Initiative from Ireland


Torch of The Faith News on Wednesday 15 August 2018 - 10:51:59 | by admin

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Introit Prayer for today's Traditional Latin Mass: Let us all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a festival day in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for whose Assumption the Angels rejoice and give praise to the Son of God. Ps. 44. My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the king. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Today's great Feast of the Assumption has been observed in the Church since the 6th-Century. In Pope Pius XII's Apostolic Constitution, Munificentissimus Deus, which accompanied the Definition of the Dogma of the Assumption in 1950, we read: ''Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of Original Sin, when the course of Her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that She might be the more fully conformed to Her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.''

Today's marvellous feast provides us with one of the greatest assurances of the final victory for Our Lord, Our Lady, the saints and the Catholic Church. May God give us all the grace to thus celebrate it with love, joy, hope and peace in our hearts.

Prayer Inititiative from Ireland

A good Catholic lady in Ireland has informed us that today also sees the launch of an important prayer inititiative originating in Ireland.

From today's feast until 7th October, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, Catholics everywhere are invited to join in praying a daily Rosary Novena, in preparation for another great coastal Rosary to be prayed on that day around Ireland and other places.

By starting these prayers on today's great Marian feast of the Assumption, Catholics who take part will thus be able to pray for 54 days in preparation for the culminating prayers on that day.

As the organisers point out: ''The Novena takes place at a critical time for Ireland which requires a great outpouring of prayer: the World Meeting of Families, The Papal Visit, the referendum challenge, the return of the Oireachtas to an agenda which includes abortion, sex education, euthanasia, the fate of Catholic schools, and many issues of great importance like housing. During this period also the weather will be crucial if farmers are to avoid devastation this winter, our young people will enter universities, unfortunately for many at great risk to their faith, etc...

... By 7th October, we will be facing more referenda. One will seek to remove respect for God and all that is sacred (Blasphemy referendum). Another will seek to remove constitutional recognition of the contribution of family carers (male or female) who selflessly care for their children, grandchildren, family members who are disabled or ill and their elderly family members in the home, and also remove recognition that society must give support where it is needed to mothers bearing and raising children. We will also be choosing our next president...

... So our prayer at this critical time is very important. Please let us pray together the great Rosary Novena from August 15th. We encourage you to add daily acts of reparation to your Rosary, during this Novena. We know that our prayers are, and will be, heard. And we have confidence that Mary, the best of Mothers, will answer them in her perfect way.''

Torch of The Faith encourages all readers, wherever you are reading this from, to please join us also in supporting this daily praying of the Holy Rosary, for these intentions, from today's great feast of the Assumption and on through until the Feast of the Holy Rosary, on 7th October.

May it be a time for a great outpouring of grace and prayer - for Ireland and for the whole world.

Our Lady of the Assumption - Pray for us!


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