On our way back home from the Assumption Pilgrimage in Ohio, we stopped by for a visit to our friends, the Ruthenian Catholic nuns of the Christ the Bridegroom Monastery in Burton, Ohio. The Bridegroom Nuns are a new Byzantine Catholic monastic community of women in the Eparchy of Parma. We were blessed to visit with them, share a meal with them and partake of their hospitality. May God continue to bless them and their community with vocations.
The following passage is taken from “Captivated by His Teachings” by Fr. Anthony Salim.
“Although not explicitly stated in Sacred Scripture, the doctrine of the “Assumption” (or Dormition: “Falling Asleep”) of Mary, body and soul, into heaven at the end of her earthly life comes from the Church’s sacred Tradition. This is a celebration of Mary’s share in the Resurrection.
Many of the prayers of today’s Divine Liturgy either imply or symbolically express the favor God bestowed upon Mary in the Assumption. The third strophe of the Qolo of the day is a good example:
‘On this day you slept in death, Virgin Mother of the Lord.
You had carried God’s own Son, Christ, who carries all the world, and
now you are taken up in majesty, called to be with God.
As you leave this earthly world for the new eternal world, the angels, in awe, lead you into paradise.
They rejoice on your great feast and honor you as they sing their hymns of praise.’”
May the prayers of Our Blessed Mother on this her special feast grant all peoples and nations lasting peace, especially in Iraq, Syria and all the Middle East.
Our Lady of the Cedars Festival - Boston
On Saturday, August 9, the Maronite Servants of Christ the Light attended the annual festival hosted by Our Lady of the Cedars Church, Boston, in honor of Our Lady’s Assumption. We enjoyed meeting and greeting the parishioners, and participating in the festivities.
By Natalie Salameh
LOL Maronite Club summer camp concluded today with Divine Liturgy celebrated at the Mother of Light Convent by Father Jack Morrison of Our Lady of Purgatory, New Bedford. There were LOL members, volunteers, and parents in attendance.
The LOL Club began on Monday, August 4 with a week of learning about how much God loves them through DVD's, crafts, bible sharing, games, prayer, choir practice, and snacks. This year’s program was written and coordinated by Mother Marla Marie and Sr. Therese Maria, with an Australian “Outback” theme. We were riding the Boomerang Express all the way to Jesus and the children were able to learn some fun facts about Australia along the way!
Each day’s spiritual program and catechesis presented a different theme: self-worth as God’s children; friendship and its true meaning; obedience to God and our parents; and the virtue of courage.