ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY – August 15, 2021

RESPONSORIAL PSALM: The queen stands at your right hand, arrayed in gold.

TODAY’S MASS INTENTION: János Geréby, by the Family

MASS SCHEDULE & INTENTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK:

August 16 Monday 9:00 AM Helen Kacsala, by Mary Spisak
August 17 Tuesday 9:00 AM Katalin Palotay, by the Family
August 18 Wednesday 9:00 AM Elizabeth Ferenczi, by Sylvia Oszenyi
August 19 Thursday 9:00 AM Olga Centivany, by Charles Centivany
August 20 Friday 9:00 AM István Prófusz, by the Family
August 21 Saturday 5:00 PM Miklós Peller, by Ildikó Peller
August 22 Sunday 11:15 AM Dr. Joseph & Gizella Erőssy, by Erőssy Family

FROM THE DESK OF FR. BONA: Today we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The feast was celebrated in Jerusalem as early as the 5th century. Its oldest Latin name is dormitio (sleep) or pausatio (rest), that is, the day of Mary’s dormancy (death).  By the 6th century it had spread throughout the East, and by the 7th century it had been taken over by Rome, where from the 8th century it was known as the Assumptio beatae Mariae (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin). Pope Pius XII solemnly confirmed this teaching of the Church when he declared it to be a dogma in 1950.

According to a fairly ancient tradition, which Saint John Damascene (among others) attests in the 8th century, when it came time for the Virgin Mary’s earthly life to end, all of the Apostles, then scattered over the earth to preach the Gospel, were miraculously brought to Jerusalem in an instant to be present for Her death. Saint Thomas, however, was late in arriving, as he had been late to witness the Lord’s Resurrection. When the Virgin had died, they laid Her body to rest in a tomb in the garden of Gethsemani, outside the city; three days later, when Thomas arrived in Jerusalem, he wished to venerate it. The Apostles went as a group to the tomb, but on opening it, discovered that Her body was no longer there, and a sweet odor came forth, confirming that (as Damascene writes) “Whom once it pleased to take the flesh from the Virgin Mary, and become a man, and be born (of Her)… and who after birth preserved Her virginity incorrupt, it also pleased, after Her passing, to honor Her immaculate body … by translating (it to Heaven) before the common and universal resurrection.” A further addition to the story says that flowers were growing out of the stone sarcophagus in which She had been laid, and were the source of the sweet odor coming out of the tomb, confirming the Apostles’ faith in Her Assumption.

In honor of this last part of the story, the Church approved the custom of blessing wild herbs and flowers on the feast of the Assumption. The blessing originated in Germany, and is first attested in the 10th century. The blessing given to the flowers invokes them as a defense against every disease and adversity; remedy against pestilence, sores, curses, spells, against the poison of serpents, and bites of other venomous animals. Also, as protection against the devil’s illusions, machinations and cunning, wherever they or any portion of them are kept and carried, or otherwise used.

STEPHEN PICNIC: Our St. Stephen Picnic will be on August 22. Mass of St. Stephen will be at 11:15AM, Picnic food from 12:30-3PM (Debrecen sausage, bread, sauerkraut, parsley potatoes, cookies, coffee – $13; children menu: hotdog, chips, cookies – $3). A blessing of giant bread at 1PM, followed by speech of Dr. Erika Virányi-Gyermán from the Consulate General of Hungary (Chicago), folkdances at 2PM. No need to RSVP.

LAST WEEKEND’S COLLECTION: Sunday Offering: $1,265; Special donation: $2,115. In loving memory of Miklós Peller: $35; in loving memory of Zoltán & Mária Szabó: $100. Thank you for remembering your church’s needs in these difficult times. Thank you also for sending in your offertory donation when not in attendance at Mass either by mail or on our website using a credit card or the PayPal option: https://stemeric.com/donations/

EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION: Legion of Mary Cleveland West Comitium invites you to attend Holy Mass and participate in a traditional Eucharistic Procession on Saturday September 4, 2021. The Mass will be at 11:00 AM and the procession will begin at 12:00 PM at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Cleveland. The Cathedral is located at 1007 Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. The (less than one mile in distance) procession will be through the sidewalks of downtown Cleveland, as we walk, pray, and sing in honor of our Eucharistic Lord Jesus and Our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary. The event includes Holy Mass with Father Kevin Estabrook, our Legion of Mary Comitium Spiritual Director, a procession with hymns, and a return to the Cathedral for the recitation of the Rosary and closing prayers. RSVP is not required.

For further information email contact@legionofmarynorthernohio.org or https://www.facebook.com/legionofmarynorthernohio/  All are welcome to attend.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE SICK, especially for Bev Kimar, Béla Tarmann, Rose Dudevszky, Teréz Kalász, Madeleine B. Smith, Gerő Kondray, and Barbara Vámos.

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE DECEASED, especially for Csaba Temesvári, brother of István Temesvári; and for John (Jancsika) Juhász, Jr. whose Funeral Mass will be here at St. Emeric on August 28, at 10:30am. May they rest in peace.

THIS SUNDAY the 11:15 AM Mass (from St. Emeric church) will be livestreamed from https://www.facebook.com/saintemeric/ and https://stemeric.com/

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