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Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Saint Mary, Mother of Our Lord

There are others who can address today's Feast of the church year in a way to more fully express its significance. That is one reason why I provide links to other blogs and websites here. The Lutheran Church retains this Feast on her calendar and so reflects continuity, albeit somewhat limited, with the tradition of the church catholic. While this day is The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the Church of Rome and The Dormition of the Theotokos for the Eastern Church the day is rich with meaning and devotion. How the secular calendar and the busy-ness of life has obscured days like this on the calendar! However, happy circumstances this year permitted a meeting on this day with children in the city at the order of Matins. Normally, in our city church, Tuesday is Tuesday and we move from Sunday to Sunday (if that often!) This morning, we heard again the words of the Blessed Virgin, ". . . holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation." (Lk. 1) All generations in the faith do call Mary "blessed" and with good reason. This morning we prayed, "Almighty God, you chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of Your only Son . . ."

The Apostle writes, "But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons." (Gal. 4) Today is just another day, another Tuesday. This year brought a happy meeting of summer Bible School and the Feast of Saint Mary, Mother of Our Lord. Just another day to be sure. Still, a great day to be reminded in the hearing of God's Word of Mary's place in the life of the Church. The angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” And Elizabeth said, "“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!" Maybe the children remembered this morning more for the games outside playing with friends or the arts and crafts. Yet they did hear about the fruit of Mary's womb and the blessing He was and is to people of every generation who fear Him. Another day, another day to pass on to a new generation the remembrance and honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary who says to us and our children in the Church, "And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation." When the fullness of time had come God redeemed both people and our time in Christ Jesus and His Cross. Not only Tuesday, but each day leading us into the future hope. In the meantime we have the church calendar to remind us of days like this and how what God has accomplished in the past is still a blessing today and yet another opportunity to hand over joyfully what was received. And "holy is His name."

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