OK, I guess something must be wrong with me, because I have to ask: So what if Assumption isn't an obligatory feast?It doesn't mean you can't go to mass, it just means that you don't have to. Somebody tell me: when did sole obligation become so sacrosanct?
As usual, the CWNews commentors are first in war, last in peace and eternally devoid of substance:
Clearly, Holy Days of Obligation still exists for you if they occur during the week. Such is not the case with the post-Conciliar Mahony Church. My wife was told that it wasn't necessary to attend Mass on August 15 by the local Novus Ordo Church. Fortunately, the nearest Byzantine Catholic Church does not suffer from a selective interpretation of Holy Days....Um, it's selective when one deviates from the licit norm, and no obligation on Monday, August 15 was the licit norm in this country -- and much of the world now, for that matter.... Think about it: in America, Epiphany is the Sunday between the 2nd and the 8th January; Corpus Christi is on a Sunday as opposed to a Thursday; and now, the Ascension is a Sunday in 29 of the 34 US provinces.... And no holy day was (is) less attended than Ascension Thursday.
Italy has about 40 Holy Days of Obligation a year. You think they go to each one? Yeah, right.
So is "MahonyChurch" (whose "selective" decision, after all, received the recognitio of the Holy See -- John Paul "the Great" being Pope at the time) being heresiarchical or just Catholic? Hmm.
Forgive the vent. I'm not progressive. I just deplore stupidity in all its incarnations, lay and clerical.
On the topic of Mary, Bank of England, Tony finds another recollection of the annual Assumption Stampede in Atlantic City:
yesterday was the traditional "Blessing of the Sea" mass held in atlantic city; last year i served as an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist and since it was before my blogging time (i started blogging in november). i was one of about 35 ministers, and about 2000 people were in attendance. it was mayhem - i don't know if i'll ever get over it. they had a statute of the Blessed Mother with money pinned all over it, parading it around for veneration, people clamoring and climbing over one another to reach out and touch the statue - and i could barely cast my gaze on it...i was mortified at this behavior and had never seen anything quite like it.Now if you're surprised about that, you don't know Italian people. We do that because Jesus has called us Italians to be the social light of the world.
the Sacrament of Eucharist finally arrived and as *luck* would have it, i was stationed by the prayer candles (light a candle, say a pray for a buck and after mass, blow any lit candle out and take it home with you for a memento of the event) and after having received Jesus, some folks went over to buy candles, started talking about what casino they were going to meet up at, milling around, talking....
Hey, his gang loved our kind so much they moved the Really Big Show to Rome, right?