Ascension Day

Happy feast day! 1) After Our Blessed Lord rose from the dead, he appeared to his apostles a number of times over a period of forty days, showing them by many proofs that he was alive after his passion.  Then, in their sight, Our Lord was lifted up to heaven, that he might make us … [Read more…]

Rogation Day procession

Traditionally, these three days before the feast of the Ascension are ‘Rogation Days’ – days of prayer and intercession.  The Litany of the Saints is prayed each day, and on one of the days a church procession may be held.  The Rogation Days have their roots in the mid-fifth century, in what we would nowadays … [Read more…]

Our windows – 8

The next of the windows adorning the nave of Saint Mary’s Heaton Norris, depicts the Presentation of Our Lady.  Our Lady’s parents, Joachim and Anne, were most devout.  Joachim would donate a whole third of his income to the poor and needy, and a further third to the Temple – far more than was required.  … [Read more…]

Our windows – 7

In addition to the ones we’ve looked at so far, Saint Mary’s has a set of eight windows along the sides of the nave.  Depicting various events in Our Lady’s life, these windows were unveiled in 1931 – a gift from Archbishop Curley of Baltimore and Washington, USA, whose cousin, Father Hughes, was parish priest … [Read more…]