August - The Immaculate Heart of Mary

The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  The highlights of the month are the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, followed by the Feast of the Queenship of Mary at the end of the octave. 

The Assumption is the oldest feast day of Our Lady, but we don't know how it first came to be celebrated.  At the Council of Chalcedon in 451, when bishops from throughout the Mediterranean world gathered in Constantinople, Emperor Marcian asked the Patriarch of Jerusalem to bring the relics of Mary to Constantinople to be enshrined in the capitol. The patriarch explained to the emperor that there were no relics of Mary in Jerusalem, that "Mary had died in the presence of the apostles; but her tomb, when opened later . . . was found empty and so the apostles concluded that the body was taken up into heaven."

In the eighth century, St. John Damascene was known for giving sermons at the holy places in Jerusalem. At the Tomb of Mary, he expressed the belief of the Church on the meaning of the feast: "Although the body was duly buried, it did not remain in the state of death, neither was it dissolved by decay. . . . You were transferred to your heavenly home, O Lady, Queen and Mother of God in truth."

In 1950, in the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption of Mary a dogma of the Catholic Church in these words: "The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven."

Litany of Loretto

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the World,
God the Holy Spirit,
Holy Trinity, One God,

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God,
Holy Virgin of Virgins,  
Mother of Christ, 
Mother of Divine Grace, 
Mother most Pure, 
Mother most Chaste,
Mother Inviolate, 
Mother Undefiled, 
Mother most Amiable, 
Mother most Admirable, 
Mother of good Counsel, 
Mother of our Creator,
Mother of our Savior, 
Virgin most Prudent, 
Virgin most Venerable, 
Virgin most Renowned, 
Virgin most Powerful, 
Virgin most Merciful, 
Virgin most Faithful, 
Mirror of Justice, 
Seat of Wisdom,
Cause of our Joy, 
Spiritual Vessel,
Vessel of Honor,
Singular Vessel of Devotion, 
Mystical Rose, 
Tower of David, 
Tower of Ivory, 
House of Gold, 
Ark of the Covenant, 
Gate of Heaven, 
Morning Star, 
Health of the Sick, 
Refuge of Sinners,
Comforter of the Afflicted,
Help of Christians, 
Queen of Angels, 
Queen of Patriarchs, 
Queen of Prophets, 
Queen of Apostles, 
Queen of Martyrs, 
Queen of Confessors, 
Queen of Virgins, 
Queen of all Saints, 
Queen conceived without Original Sin, 
Queen assumed into Heaven, 
Queen of the most Holy Rosary, 
Queen of the Family, 
Queen of Peace,    

Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord! 

Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord! 

Lamb of God, Who take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.   


V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.  

R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.   


Let us pray.   


Grant, we beg Thee, O Lord God, that we Thy servants, may enjoy lasting health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of the Blessed Mary, ever Virgin, be delivered from present sorrow and enter into the joy of eternal happiness. Through Christ our Lord. R. Amen.

Prayer Intention of the Holy Father for July, 2019

Families, Schools of Human Growth

That families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly "schools of true human growth."


This month received its present name from the Emperor Augustus, and was selected not as being his natal month, but because in it his greatest good fortune happened to him.  As July contained 31 days, and August only 30, it was thought necessary to add another day to the latter month, in order that Augustus might not be in any respect inferior to Julius.

August 24: St. Bartholomew


All the tears St. Swithin can cry
St. Bartlemy's mantle wipes them dry.

St. Bartholomew (August 24th)

Brings the cold dew.
If the 24th of August be fair and clear,
Then hope for a prosperous Autumn that year.