11 October 2009

Feast of the Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin

Behold a Virgin shall conceive, and shall bear a Son, and His name shall be called Emmanuel. O sing unto the Lord a new song, for He hath done marvelous things.

Another patronal feast day for Maria, and another example of the Liturgical Reform's Mary-go-round: on the new calendar this one has been moved to January 1st, where it takes the place of the feast of the circumcision of our Lord.

Maria, meanwhile, is getting spoiled rotten with so many name days. Poor little Thomas cannot compete: St. Joseph only has two feast days, and St. Thomas only one. We've still been crazy busy, but things seem to be settling down back to normal now. This week should be relatively quiet, with just the usual classes and reading, with my work taking care of the ITI's cars on top of it. Yesterday was the big convocation officially opening the new site in Trumau. The Cardinal was here, as were the Abbot of Heiligenkreuz, the Burgermeister (mayor) of Trumau and the Landeshauptmann (governor) of Lower Austria. It was a big event with Mass, lots of speeches, a tour of the Schloss, and good Austrian food: goulash soup, sausages, and lots of beer. A couple of fun pictures should be forthcoming tomorrow.


Jake said...

Interestingly enough, I could not find the feast of the Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin in my Monastic Diurnal, which follows the traditional (1963) monastic calendar. This feast may have been added in certain places, but it doesn't appear to be in the traditional universal monastic calendar.

big daddy said...

You could decide that Maria is named after St. Mary Frances of the Five Wounds of Jesus, or that little Tommy gets to celebrate all the Saints Thomas.