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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine's
The Church's Year

(August 15.)

Why is this feast so called?
Because on this day the Blessed Virgin was taken up into heaven.
Why are plants and fruits blessed on this day?
The Church does this to manifest her joy at the glorious victory which Mary achieved over death, the world and the devil, and at her splendid triumph when she, adorned with virtues as with so many flowers, entered heaven; and that God may so sanctify and bless the plants and fruits, that their use may serve to our welfare.
At the Introit of the Mass, the Church invites us to universal joy by singing: Let us all rejoice in the Lord, celebrating a festal day in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for whose Assumption the angels rejoice, and give praise to the Son of God. My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King. (Ps. XLIV.) Glory be to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
COLLECT Pardon, Lord, we beseech Thee, the transgressions of Thy servants: that we, who by our own deeds are unable to please Thee, may be saved by the intercession of the Mother of Thy Son our Lord. Through our Lord Jesus Christ Thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the Unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end, Amen.
EPISTLE (Ecclus. XXIV. 11 — 20.) In all things I sought rest, and I shall abide in the inheritance of the Lord. Then the creator of all things commanded, and said to me; and he that made me rested in my tabernacle, and said to me: Let thy dwelling be in Jacob, and thy inheritance in Israel, and take root in my elect. And so was I established in Sion, and in the holy city likewise I rested, and my power was in Jerusalem. And I took root in an honorable people, and in the portion of my God his inheritance, and my abode is in the full assembly of saints. I was exalted like a cedar in Libanus, and as a cypress-tree on Mount Sion. I was exalted like a palm-tree in Cades, and as a rose-plant in Jericho. As a fair olive-tree in the plains, and as a plane-tree by the water in the streets was I exalted. I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon and aromatic balm: I yielded a sweet odor like the best myrrh.
EXPLANATION The Holy Ghost uses these words in praise of eternal wisdom, but the Church applies them to Mary also, to describe the glory and splendor of her assumption. Mary found her rest only in God, the Creator of all things, who created her, and preserved her from, original sin, and lived in her womb as in a tabernacle. On this day God seems to say to her: "Possess the abode destined for thee from all eternity, and the inheritance designed for thee as the first of the elect." Thus Mary is exalted as Queen of the saints and angels in the heavenly Sion; and now in this holy city, she enjoys an undisturbed peace with God, shares His happiness with Him, and is second only to Him in power and glory; there she shines in the most radiant garments, like the ever-blooming rose of Jericho, from there she lets flow upon the wretched children of Adam the oil of her mercy as from a fair olive-tree, shades them with her protection like a plane-tree, and refreshes them with the sweet fragrance of her virtue and grace.
GOSPEL (Luke x. 38—42.) AT THAT TIME, Jesus entered into a certain town: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house: and she had a sister called Mary, who sitting also at the Lord's feet heard his word. But Martha was busy about much serving: who stood and said: Lord, hast thou no care that my sister hath left me alone to serve? Speak to her, therefore, that she help me. And the Lord answering, said to her: Martha, Martha, thou art careful, and art troubled about many things. But, one thing is necessary. Mary hath chosen the best part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Why does the Church cause this gospel to be read today?
Because it can be well applied to Mary, who more worthily and tenderly even than Martha, received, nourished and served the Son of God, and more fervently and attentively than even Martha's sister, listened to His words, preserved them in her heart and sought to fulfil them. In both ways has she chosen the best of all parts, because in both she walked in perfection, and so gained the greatest of rewards which can never be taken from her.
What may we learn from these two sisters?
That like Martha, who is a type of active, stirring life, we should be energetic in performing the duties of our vocation, but not on that account forget to practice good works, to do all for the love of God, seeking in all things His pleasure, and, since we can no longer administer to Christ in a material way, we should serve the poor, of whom He says that whatever we do to the least of them, He will consider and reward as if done to Himself. We are also like Mary who represents the contemplative life, to be fervent in prayer, in listening and meditating upon the word of God, upon the divine Majesty, its perfections and our frailty, thus to sanctify ourselves and to become more worthy of eternal happiness. This contemplative life Christ calls the better part, but does not, therefore, set aside the active life. We can easily unite both, but must never lose sight of the better part.
Why does Jesus reproach Martha?
Because she was uneasy and distracted by her over-carefulness and anxiety, and forgot to hear the divine word. — Thus do many Christians who find no time to work for the salvation of their soul, and even during divine service and the sermon are thinking of their domestic affairs, and so leave the church without having gained anything for their soul.
What is the one thing necessary?
To seek the glory of God and the salvation of our soul. He who attends to this; attends to all his duties, he is busy and active, but not uneasy and disturbed, and calmly directs his mind to God in all his labors, offers his every step to Him, and draws His grace upon himself.
PETITION. Would that I had better attended to the one thing necessary! Unhappy hours which I have squandered for the world, its vanities and pleasures! Where are you now? What shall I have from you in eternity but sorrow and desolation? Could I but call back my wasted life? But since that cannot be, give me Thy grace, I beseech Thee, O most beneficent God, to pass the remaining years of my life wholly in Thy service, and work above all and only for the affairs of my soul.

ON this day the glorified Virgin entered heaven and crowned by her presence the holy pleasures of its inhabitants. But what mind can conceive the glory with which the arrival of the Queen of the world was celebrated by the brilliant heavenly hosts, their advance to greet her, their chanting as they led her to the magnificent throne? Who can fancy the tender gaze, the loving countenance, the divine caresses with which she was received by her Son and placed over all created beings, honored as became such a mother, with the glory that became such a Son? What lips can describe the assumption of Mary? As upon earth she, before all others, received special grace, so in heaven she, before all others, receives special glory. If eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor hath it entered into the heart of man to know the delights that God has prepared for those that love Him, who shall say what is prepared for her who bore Him and loved Him more than all! O blessed art thou, Mary! Most blessed wert thou, when thou didst receive the Saviour; most blessed art thou, when the Saviour receives thee!

We accompany thee, on this day, with our most ardent wishes to thy Son, O glorious Virgin, Queen of heaven! and follow thee from afar, O happy Virgin! Give thy mildness to the world, give of the grace thou hast found with God. Obtain by thy blessed intercession, grace for the guilty, recovery for the sick, strength for the faint-hearted, aid for those in peril! Dispense to us thy servants, who on this glorious festival-day invoke thy sweetest name, O gentlest Queen, the grace of Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord and God, to whom be glory forever. Amen.


  1. Can't believe anybody still thinks or believes Mary was a virgin anymore♩

    Well, my Dad was born on this day and his mother wasn't a virgin

  2. Leland,
    i believe Mary was a virgin. What i do not believe is that Mary is a Queen or that we should pray to her as a god. What many do not seem to know is that there are 'actual warnings of and about the Queen of heaven within the Bible.
    Please search for complete context.Jeremiah 44:19 "Moreover," said the women, "when we ... - Bible Hub
    The women added, "When we burned incense to the Queen of Heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, did not our husbands know that we were making ...
    Jeremiah 7:18 The sons gather wood, the fathers light the ... - Bible Hub
    New International Version The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven.
    i do not believe we should pray to her specificaly,nor bow down to her image her statues (graven images) that many do.
    Now as many do agree,
    i believe we should give honour and thanks for Mary, i believe we should look and be grateful for her and all the examlpes in and of the Bible.

  3. Mary was no virgin...

    The controllers love simple stupid people passively believing in ancient virginity fables in order to better control them.

    Meanwhile the facts r quite available NOW why the CONTROLLERS do what they do♩

    1. Thus you are in pocket like the rest. In the pocket of the VNAM SANCTVM CATHOLICAM

  4. Mwuauahahaha Anna is a temporal coadjutor...

  5. Mary, the mother of Jesus, was a virgin until after his birth. Then the bible is very clear that she had a number of other children,as Jesus referred to his brother such as James, and to a sister, and others, unnamed. So she was definitely not a virgin all her life.
    Neither is there a single bit of documentation of her being ''assumed' or as we know it ''raptured''.
    The mere fact that Mary is not even mentioned after that Day at the Cross where she watched her son being crucified is to tell us that she is not to be worshipped, and that she plays absolutely no part in the Salvation of mankind. Her part began and ended with her being the chosen vessel to birth the Savior in his earthly human form.
    From all my studies, mary queen of heaven is referring to a pagan queen named mary. No relationship at all to Mary the mother of Jesus.

    1. It's all mythologies. No different than how Anna and many others in here go on and on about U.S. being an entity in Scotland or in France, etc...

      It's all fiction. Claims. Can be held as truth to some and false to others but nevertheless still exists in objective form.

    2. I must correct my own post; the bible does not refer to queen of heaven by any name, just 'queen of heaven'. (its catholics who say mary queen of heaven, but it is nowhere in the bible by the name, mary)

  6. The Seven (7) Ways of Being Religious:

    These ways of being religious generally consist of personal overwhelming encounters with the holy, creation of community through myth and ritual, conformity to cosmic law and sacred space, testimony of holocaust and liberation, suffering through the quest for a higher consciousness, claims of apocalypse ‘now’, and doing the sacred good.
    ^Can you hear the Sistrum* in this magnificent production piece?

    1. So, you crawl tied and bound to the [Dead Body of Christ] that you can't leave behind.

  7. The stupidest person here by far is the one who accepts the illegal 14th amendment illegally put forth by the ongoing illegal US CORPORATION.

    The 13th amendment ratified in 1819 CLEARLY exposes that person to be an agent for the illegal US CORPORATION♩

    1. Devout Christians think the same about you who does not accept that Mary was immaculately conceived and remained a virgin despite the birth of Christ. Hahahaha!!!

      All Fictional but still real.

    2. As do most Muslims about their blessed Koran & so many others.

      It is ALL ok!

      Life after life Soul goes chasing illusions until the lower bodies r purified.

    3. Think for a second. We each have the ability to occupy Corporation Soles just like Bishops and Archbishops of the Catholic Church and Episcopal Church do in the U.S.

      Leland, you fixate on the 14th Amendment corporate entity as if that is the only option that you and others have when that is simply not true. It's hilarious that you folks haven't got a clue what your alternatives are. In your mind, you think that you cannot occupy a separate corporate entity - a religious title or incorporated ecclesiastical office.

      Hidden deep within the nonsensical ideology that you've been force fed by people like Anna is validation of mainstream religious organizations. This is because within your claims, you eliminate any possibility of there being an alternative to the 14th Amendment corporate status.

      You have no idea that you can easily fill a religious occupation and then switch hats when you operate a motor vehicle, or are stopped by a police officer, or work for an employer. The only think you know is that you are a 14th Amendment citizen or that you don't want to be a 14th Amendment citizen. And then you spout off the most silly claims such as the 14th Amendment being illegal when you have absolutely no credibility nor authority to make such claims to begin with. You are simply stuck on stupid and could not find your way out of a burning building in a soaken wet bath robe, oxygen mask, and with a rope on the ground leading outside.

    4. You would rather repeat nonsense to people who don't give a shit (professors, politicians, attorneys, judges, cops, etc.,) then get your affairs in order, open up your eyes, form an association, and actually utilize the options that are available to you. You either do this purposefully (as I suspect leaders like ANNA are doing) or you don't do it ignorantly (as I suspect many of the followers of Anna are not doing).

      Anna posts quotes from mainstream religious authors and admits to being a Lutheran. Therefore, it is in her best interest to lead non-lutherans astray by not empowering them to fulfill their birthright (the U.S. was founded on the fundamental concept known as separation between church and state). You are better off lost if you are not part of Anna's congregation as far as she's concerned. And if she can make $$$$ doing that from her shithole in Big Lake Alaska then the more $$$ the merrier.

      You people have no idea how you are being played by special interests even when you are 100% certain that you are "awake" to everything. You are still very much asleep. Special interests poured into the U.S. (actually have already been established in the 13 colonies) after it's independence. They came here like hordes.

      Most of your ancestors were probably amongst them (German, Irish, Scotch-Irish, British, Finnish, French, etc.,) and came with their allegiance to the 'Old Country" religion and all. It took a couple generations for them to be stripped of their old country ways when they assimilated to American life. But they have always been easy prey for special interests whether it be Protestant or Catholic. This sovereign citizen crap is no different. It is a subversive ideology that was created by and for special interests. The people that fall for it are nothing but unknowing pawns.

    5. To me Unknown u r just another EXTREMELY ANGRY GUY lost in the mud of illusions that breed self righteous anger.

      Your ongoing debating tactics promoting self righteous anger over usually ignorant self serving rants r boring to me anyway...

      But may the Blessings Be♩

    6. I'm not self righteous. 14th Amendment is not considered illegal by the status quo. The same goes for 13th Amendment. It would be ridiculous for me to claim that it is illegal when I have no authority to make such conclusions. I mean I don't even have the authority to enforce or correct it even if I felt it was illegal.

      Immorality is different from illegality. To say that the 13th and 14th Amendment is immoral is to issue an opinion that is non binding. Opinions are like assholes.

      But this is what I can do. I can say that that I do not want to associate with people who think the 14th Amendment is neither legal or moral. I can dictate that it is illegal for someone to associate with a registered trademark under the same goods and services class without my authority. I can make it illegal for Sovereigns to join UCADIA Ecclesia Foundation in the U.S.This is the scope of my authority.

      I can also prohibit my children (when I have some) to watch youtube videos that are not approved by me. I can prohibit my children from befriending other children whose parents have not been screened by me.

      It's like you folks are making outlandish claims to which you cannot enforce. And when you try to enforce it you become paper terrorists. You do not know your rights and therefore you violate or threaten to violate others.

  8. As for ongoing biblical mythologies espoused by harmless people...God gave ALL Soul's free will life after life to figure out true reality.

    May the Blessings Be♩

    1. The Holy See of United Spirits influences the will of those that are in the flesh. I do not subscribe to the notion known as Free Will (though it still exists in concept).

      There is a spiritual influence upon people's decisions, therefore they are not truly free. You have free will when all of the options and alternatives are known to you. This of course is impossible. You might have freedom to make a decision but the options are limited to your knowledge or what you are told. There is no Free Will in real practice today. There is only Freedom.

      Case in point is your freedom to continue to be a sovereign citizen (or whatever you want to call it). You chose it because no other option is available to your limited scope of knowledge.

    2. Like I wrote earlier...I don't bother reading much of your self obsessed writings posted here unless directed by spirit otherwise...

      That's 'free will' in action dear wannabe unknown♩

    3. Clearly you are possessed by the Holy See of United Spirits. Hahahaha!

      People like Anna are practitioners. I'm just observing (third party interloper).

    4. No, u r an agent for the ongoing US CORPORATION....

      "This is why all the murders and child sacrifices and other dirty business always occurs underground.  This is why Princess Di was killed in a tunnel.  This is the "Royal Secret".  This is how Elizabeth could take The Coronation Oath with her living breath and promise to honor the Public Law and all the other good things that The Coronation Oath requires, and then, three days later, turn around and break it all. "

    5. The royal secret is that a certain artifact was taken from a mountain top fortress in Abyssinia from an emperor by high level masons embedded within a British expeditionary force in 1868. It was then transported to Melbourne, Australia to be translated. Upon its translation, it was thus returned to Abyssinia in the 1950's. That's the royal secret. :-)

      Big deal!

    6. "The standard of St. George was hoisted on the mountains of Rasselas."
      - Benjamin Disraeli

    7. Naw, like I wrote earlier & will continue to post here about u- u twist too many lies in the past to be remotely reputable here.

      Anger breeds anger & THAT is uour ONLY ace imo

      May the Blessings Be♩

    8. "Eric Clapton had been thinking of buying a racing bicycle and was discussing it with Ginger Baker, when a roadie named Mick Turner commented, 'it's got them Disraeli Gears', meaning to say 'derailleurgears', but instead alluding to 19th Century British Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli."Jul 3, 2009 🚵

    9. And I am an Agent of "The Minister-General of The Kerubale Abegaz Ecclesia, INC."

      That is a corporation registered in North Carolina. I am the agent. The Principal is an unincorporated, nonprofit, association.

      So I guess you are right. I am an agent of a U.S. Corporation.

    10. Attempting^to market your self promoting wares here because u have no other source of income most likely as far as I can tell...

    11. I will gladly occupy said religious office as you all continue to bitch, moan, and groan about 14th amendment corporate entities. And as you proceed to set up your secular "ural" assemblies in opposition of those that have already been established by "We the People."

      Look around you. The only people who agree with you are you. Overwhelming majority do not subscribe to your sovereignty. What they do is elect officials and vest them with authority. They pay their income taxes. They are for the most part Federal, State, and local statute abiding citizens. And yet some how you people hold the claim to secular jural assemblies? Why? Because some batshit crazy old lady from way up in frozen Big Lake Alaska wrote so? Ridiculous. Give me an effn break....

    12. Like I have writen about u.. u probably have no income...have serious anger issues & been a loser so long that u lurk here because u have no other place to lurk & be possibly heard♩

    13. What does that have to do with your outlandish claim that the 14th Amendment is illegal lol?

    14. Black is white and white is black in your world view. And you have the nerve to say I twist history. 99% in the U.S. are 14th Amendment citizens or permanent legal residents... and you claim that it's illegal?!?!? Hahaha! So yeah. I love to lurk on here because this stuff is interesting to read. Anna's got me on the edge of my seat anticipating the content of her next post.

    15. Oh now it is back to your support of the ongoing illegal US CORPORATION.

    16. Mullins:.] Don't forget, the 14th amendment said, "It's illegal to challenge the national debt!"

      TOM VALENTINE: Is that right!? The 14th amendment actually makes that statement? I gotta read that again.

      EUSTACE MULLINS: Oh yes. It says that it's a violation to question the validity of the national debt! In other words, you say, Tom Valentine says, "Well, they create this money out of nothing!" Well you've just committed a violation of the 14th amendment by saying that!

  9. Galatians 4:26 But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.
    But Yerushalayim above is free, which is the mother of us all.


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