Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary




A day late and a dollar short once again. It was yesterday in the Pauline Rite and way back in May in the Roman Rite.

Even so, it's an excellent feast day to commemorate, even a day late. Did you notice that it's the octave day of Our Lady's Assumption? Once again, in my intermittently humble opinion, the Pauline Rite creators have made an excellent decision in their usually annoying calendar juggling. Today used to be the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and they have moved it very appropriately next to the feast of the Sacred Heart. And now the Coronation of Our Lady comes on the octave day of the Assumption -- chronologically nice and fittingly echoing the final two mysteries of the Rosary.

And, of course, I like the picture. Shame to waste an opportunity to put it up. You can click on it for a larger view, revealing the Gothic furniture which happily obtains in heaven.