Feast of the Assumption | Thursday at 6pm

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The collect for the Feast of St Mary the Virgin begins, "O God, who hast taken to thyself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of thy incarnate Son..." The key words in that collect are "hast taken to thyself." For 1500 years, the universal church understood that when the mother of Our Lord died, she was taken into heaven, body and soul. Isn't everyone? No. Until the return of Jesus Christ, we rejoice in the souls of the saints who are in heaven, expectantly waiting the general resurrection. Jesus Christ, of course, is at the right hand of God the Father: body, soul, and divinity. And the Church has received the tradition that the Lord Jesus reserved the great honor of the first to be resurrected for his mother. Listen to the final verse of the hymn "Sing we of the blessed Mother," that we'll sing Thursday night: Sing the chiefest joy of Mary, when on earth her work was done, and the Lord of all creation brought her to his heavenly home."

In the Virgin Mary, we see the Church foreshadowed. We see the paradigm of the Christian life. Come celebrate the role and faith of the Mother Jesus Christ this Thursday.

Morning Prayer, 8.15 | Mass, 8.35 | Evening Prayer 4.45 | Solemn High Mass 6.00pm

(we are pleased to welcome The Reverend Eric Grubb as our deacon for the mass. Fr Steve is the celebrant and preacher.)

Fr. Steve Rice