The festal hymn during the assumption of St. Mary:
In giving birth You kept Your virginity.
In falling asleep You did not abandon the world, O Mother of God.
You passed over into life, for You are the Mother of Life,
and by Your intercessions You deliver our souls from death.
The Assumption of Mary is a doctrine which teaches that after the mother of Jesus died, she was resurrected, glorified, and taken bodily to heaven. The word assumption is taken from a Latin word meaning “to take up.”
The doctrine of the Assumption of Mary had its beginnings in the Byzantine Empire around the 6th Century. An annual feast honoring Mary gradually grew into a commemoration of Mary’s death called the Feast of Dormition (“falling asleep”).
As the practice spread to the West, an emphasis was placed on Mary’s resurrection, and the glorification of Mary’s body as well as her soul, and the name of the feast was thereby changed to the Assumption. It is still observed on August 15, as it was in the Middle Ages.
When the husband arrived home, his wife told him that the cleaning lady whom they had recently dismissed had stolen two of their plush towels as a parting gesture.
“How dare she!” stormed the husband.
“I know,” said his wife, “and they were our two best towels – you know, the one we took off the Celebrity Cruise Ship in March and the other from the Hilton Hotel when we vacationed in Hawaii last year.”
Dear Virgin Mary, Mother of Jesus, we believe in your triumphant assumption into heaven where the angels and saints acclaim you as Queen of Heaven and earth.
We join them in praising you and bless the Lord who raised you above all creatures. With them we honor you. We are confident that you watch over our daily lives and we ask that you intercede for us now.
Beloved mother of Jesus, we are comforted by your faith and we look to you for prayers and comfort.
Human birth in itself is a miracle. Almost 40% of all births in America are illegitimate. In the African American community, the statistics is horrible - about 60% of all births are illegitimate. This means that so many of the young children start their lives without the presence of a father.
Now, for those lucky few children who have a dad in residence, often, dad has a passive role. Either he is so absorved in his career or busy with worldly matters that he is practically nonexistent in the home. Some of the dads who are at home spent most of their time intoxicated and are glued to the TV sets by paying little attention to their growing children. In turn, he has no clue about the growing needs of a young child.
Here are three simple steps for dads to get involved in the family:
A responsible and decicated dad shows his support by being present at home. This is essentially the first step. When he is present at home, he creates an atmosphere where the family mingles with each other and get to know each other of their daily challenges and fears. The active role of a dad in the family empowers a child to venture with confidence into the greater world and to become all that he/she can be.
The next step for the dad is to dine together with the family. Dinner table provides the best place to catch up the daily activities. When dad is present at the dinner table, there is something special about the shared meal. Eating dinner together as a family provides opportunities for communication. Kids who eat most often with their parents are more likely to excel at school than kids who have two or fewer family dinners a week.
Finally, families who pray together, stay together. Dad can take the lead to form this wonderful habit at home. By praying together, there is unity happening. Not only is there a bonding time with the family, but also a spiritual covering as well.
By following these three simple steps, any dad can appear as a superhero to the entire family.