I had often seen a man lurking outside with an abusive face and a salty, sullen demeanour. His trademark was to lean unshaven against the walls and refuse to respond when you nodded at him. I hated men like him back then. When I was alone at night I would slip out and away from people, leave camp and look up at the desert stars and dream of saving the women that suffered under their yoke.
I would be like Lawrence of Arabia, but my army would be comprised of beautiful women in veils, and we would fight for love, not Damascus. I would lie on my back on the sand of the desert and have thoughts like that. And if I did it long enough I would lose my place in the universe and feel like I was actually lying with my back against the sky, and the studded carpet above me was the desert, undulating, empty and free. If I had these thoughts whilst listening to music through my iPod I could bring tears into my eyes with ease.
But anyway, the laundry man's wife was such a woman, one among the legion of the repressed. She, of course, wore the veil. I had seen her hovering near the back of the launderette, flinching when you looked at her, hiding everything and running away. I was unsure of the rules back then, and I thought to myself that if I looked at her too long her husband would beat her later that night. On this day her husband was not there. I stood outside, glancing in through the glass.
I dragged on my cigarette. I flicked it, and watched it die slowly in the sand. As a child I had dreamt so many times of smoking in a place where one might get shot. But now that I was here I felt nothing, 40 degree Baghdad pulling downwards sleepily on the back of my brain. I pushed the door open and nodded awkwardly. She nodded back at me and gave me a frightened smile. Immediately I was gripped by a desire to never let her be afraid again. Or perhaps it was a desire for her to be afraid over and over again, and each time for me to save her. I couldn't quite tell, but I think it was the former.
So I crammed all my clothes into the little barrel. There was a tunic that was spattered with Iraqi blood. I pushed that in too, and looked out of the corner of my eye to check if she had seen. My chair was squeezed in between the washing machine and the counter which the woman stood behind. This meant that now I was less than a metre away from her as she leant over the surface and I sat looking down at my knee.
At the time I was preoccupied by death, and my thoughts soon drifted there. It wasn't really death per-se I suppose, not the doing of death, because that of course is something one can never know until it's all over.
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I was obsessed with the aesthetic of death, with the idea of dying somewhere strange and beautiful and arid. That was why I had navigated myself into the Forces, and why I was out here on this scorched afternoon in Baghdad, rather than sitting behind a desk in a bank in London. Because I could have been in London, air-conditioned and safe. But instead I was here, because the art of death and the story of Lord Nelson dying and his last words "Kismet Hardy" meant more to me growing up than they did to you.
I would say silently to myself, dozens of times a day, 'what if I die here? I think I'd heard them in a song somewhere long before, and some of the forgotten music still cleaved to it. Now I sang them silently, and like in a poem I saw myself dying a thousand times out there, saw myself falling whilst women wept, appended the words. But as I was having these thoughts I became aware of another sound, faint and murmured. It was singing, and it was coming from beside me. I looked out of the corner of my eye. The laundry man's wife was still leaning over the desk, pen in the hand, looking down.
Her lips were moving softly, parting with infinite grace, a little like the prayers of a believer, and she was rocking her head gently from side to side, her eyes half-closed. I listened more closely. I recognised the song. Bizarrely, she was singing Joe Cocker's Up where we belong. Eyes closed in reverie, her lips full of sincerity she sang:. And then, taking an ardent breath she sang the chorus: Love lifts us up where we belong, where the eagles fly, on a mountain high. And never have those words been sung more quietly or with more conviction.
I wondered where she had heard them, how this song had filtered through the cracks and found its way here, into this woman. She must have heard it on an old radio somewhere, and never forgotten. She was lost in it, dreaming of love whilst I dreamt of death. And our two dreams weren't that far apart, hunting extremities in this vapid, disappointing world. And as I sat there I wondered if we could merge them somehow. Fall in love and runaway together, and get hunted down and killed like dogs, dying like angels, clinging to each other.
Make a half recipe of seven-minute frosting, using 1 egg white and beating only 4 minutes. Tint with a few drops of yellow food coloring. Use this yellow frosting to cover the upper and underside of the cardboard strips and to frost around the base. Reserve a small amount for decorations. At the base, bring the yellow frosting up in the form of triangles, making 3 triangles in each of the four sections formed by the cardboard strips. Have the center triangle in each section extend to the top of the cake. Outline the edges of the cardboard strips and the triangles with silver dragees.
Place a square, clear, bright-colored candy we use "Charms" on each triangle and at the base of the cardboard strips to resemble jewels. Then place a silver dragee at the four corners of every candy. Place 4 more candies on each cardboard strip. For the center of the crown use a flat red lollypop which has been removed from its stick.
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Make a Maltese cross on each flat side with some of the reserved yellow frosting and decorate with pieces of silver dragees. With a small amount of frosting, fasten 2 long silver dragees to the side edges of the lollypop and a large dragee at the top to resemble pearls. Then fasten the lollypop to the intersection of the cardboard strips with more frosting.
Sprinkle shredded coconut over the white frosted areas of and around the base of the cake. Scatter chocolate chips in coconut at the base at 2-inch intervals to resemble ermine. The "Crown Cake" requires a good deal of time. If a mother is in a hurry, it is better to make a crown cake by adding a gold-paper crown to an ordinary store cake, or to bake a cake mix and add a crown of gumdrops.
A little child will enjoy these too. The Crown Cake recipe on may be doubled for a Cross Cake. The Seven-Minute Frosting is used on it. Put these ingredients over rapidly boiling water. Beat constantly with a rotary beater or with a wire whisk for 7 minutes. Remove the icing from the fire. While the milk cools, sprinkle 1 package of active or 1 cake of compressed dry yeast into some warm water in a cup. Crumble compressed yeast into lukewarm water. Stir until dissolved. Mix well. Add the dissolved yeast and beat until smooth. Add 2 eggs and beat thoroughly. If you prefer, beat the eggs first in a separate bowl.
Then beat the batter for about 5 minutes an electric mixer set at a moderate speed is good for this. With a rubber scraper scrape the batter down from the side of the bowl. While the batter rises, prepare the baking pan. Use either a Kugelhupf mold from MS, see Abbreviations or two one- pint molds, or a 7-inch angel food cake pan. Rub the inside of the pan generously with 1 tablespoon of butter or margarine.
Then sprinkle 2 tablespoons of fine bread crumbs or finely ground almonds into the pan. Shake it to coat the whole inside of the pan with crumbs. Arrange 15 or 16 almonds in a design in the bottom of the pan. When the batter has doubled, stir it down. Carefully spoon the batter on top of the almonds so as not to spoil your design. Bake in a moderate oven degrees for 45 to 50 minutes. Look at the cake after it has baked for 15 minutes; if it is turning brown, lay a piece of clean brown wrapping paper over the top for the rest of the baking period.
This is a rich batter and browns easily. When done, turn out of the pan onto a wire cake rack. If you wish, dust lightly with confectioner's sugar. To make a design on the top of the cake, lay a scalloped lace doily on the cake and sift confectioner's sugar over it. Lift the doily carefully and pour the extra sugar back into the container. God's lake His cloud rose from to rain on earth; God's cloud: by Him from thee was lightning struck; God's lightning blazing the encumbered heaven; God's heaven, for heaven's where's God. The name Mary.
Loved in a hundred forms in song, poetry and the history of earth and heaven, Mary is the name of the Mother of God, of saints and of queens. Mary is a form of Miriam, who was the sister of the great biblical leader Moses. Of course, many of the saints and beatified, both men and women, bore some form of the name Mary, e.
Other Mary names. Because of Mary's unique dignity, Catholic parents are fond of naming their children after her. In our family it is customary to give some form of the name to each girl: Immaculata in honor of the Immaculate Conception; Carmel for the Madonna de Carmine; and Myles for the Virgin of the Assumption.
Even the feasts and mysteries and shrines in her honor are used as names. Once in a beauty parlor we heard one of the beauticians called Monsy. Knowing that she was of Spanish extraction, we asked what her name meant. We also know of a Puerto Rican girl called Sara. When she signed her name she wrote Saragossa.
Legend claims that the Blessed Mother appeared to the Apostle James here. Girls named Loretta keep their nameday on the feast of Our Lady of Loreto and of the translation of the holy house of Nazareth to Italy.
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In our great cities we also hear Spanish names which are derived from the liturgical titles and attributes of Blessed Mary. Sometimes these children bear American first names, but their baptismal names are bestowed for feasts of Our Lady, such as Natividad for her birth as a Jewish child and lineal descendant of the royal family of David; or Anunciacion, Visitacion, and Assunta, for events in her life. Because of the devotion of these people to patron saints, a wide variety of nameday greeting cards are available in the greeting- card stores of big cities.
We have a friend called Farida, whose name, according to the Syrian custom, expresses an attribute of the Mother of God. Farida refers to Mary's "uniqueness" or Immaculate Conception. Thus Farida or even Frida keeps December 8 as her nameday. In the Maronite rite of Farida's people, the names Kamala and Jamala are also given, the first in honor of Mary's perfection, and the second in honor of her beauty.
Events connected with Mary's patronage over the Church prompt various names also. Lourdes and Mary Bernadette commemorate the miraculous apparitions of the Immaculate Conception to Bernadette Soubirous. A golden rose adorned each of her feet"-- these were Bernadette's words describing Our Lady. Her patronage may be extended to many girls with unusual names.
There are girls' names meaning "white" in every language--Alba, Gwen, Bianca, Blanche, Candida; their nameday is the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Donna may choose the "Lady Day," March 25, as her nameday, for the name means "lady. Bernard did when he wrote these lines. Catholics pay to Mary the highest homage bestowed upon a creature because she is the Mother of God.
As Mother of His Son, she has been raised to the fullness of grace. To study the lessons in the life of Mary, to praise God for the graces conferred upon her and the blessings which He has bestowed upon the world through her, to recommend our needs to so powerful an advocate--for these reasons are festivals celebrated in her honor.
Some of them should be kept by families even when they do not have a nameday to celebrate on the feast. Very beautiful icons and devotional statues of Our Lady are available from St. Leo's Shop SL, see Abbreviations. Many of these are reproductions of renowned art, while others are original works by the noted liturgical artist, Ade Bethune.
The singular privilege of Mother Mary's Immaculate Conception stands out as a splendid light at the beginning of her earthly journey. On this day is celebrated the grace by which she, alone of human creatures, was exempt from original sin and filled with grace from the first moment of her existence. The veneration of Mary as immaculately conceived is one of the most popular Marian devotions.
She was declared patroness of the United States under this title by the First Council of Baltimore, eight years before the doctrine was defined. Mother whose virgin bosom was uncrossed By any shade of thought to sin allied, Woman above all women glorified, Our tainted nature's solitary boast. Desserts and decorations. A crown cake with twelve stars Apoc. The lily of the valley is the flower of the feast because of the whiteness of its flowers and the sweetness of its scent, a meaning based on the Canticle of Canticles : "I am a rose of Sharon and a lily of the valleys.
We in the city force lily of the valley pips in order to have the flowers bloom for the feast. Lily of the valley symbols come in gummed seals to decorate nameday place-cards, paper plates, or even white frosting on cakes or cupcakes. An artistic mother or the local baker can add the symbol to the nameday cake with frosting. Ready-made lilies of the valley in icing are also available by mail from MS; see Abbreviations. However, it's a great satisfaction to make one's own and gives a mother a chance to use her talents.
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Family Prayers. For today's nameday, families may pray the following from the breviary and missal:. Father: This day a rod came forth out of the root of Jesse; this day Mary was conceived without any stain of sin; this day the head of the serpent was crushed by her. The nature and greatness of the glorious and blessed Mary ever Virgin were revealed by God in the message of the angel: "Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women.
All the holy patriarchs received grace, yet it was not in its fullness; to Mary was infused the plenitude of grace which is Christ. This is the reason the angel said: "Blessed art thou among women. It is in praise of her that Solomon says in the Song of Songs: "Come, my gentle one, come, my pure one. Immaculate Mary, your praises we sing. You reign now in splendor with Jesus our King. In heaven the blessed your glory proclaim, On earth we your children invoke your sweet name. We pray for the Church, our true Mother on earth, And beg you to watch o'er the land of our birth.
Mother: Let us pray. Through the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin, O Lord, You prepared a worthy dwelling-place for Your Son; You preserved the Virgin from all stain by letting her benefit in advance, from the sacrifice of the Cross. We entreat You: may her intercession purify our souls and help us to come into Your presence. Through the same Christ our Lord. O God, in Your mercy You sanctified the Blessed Virgin Mary's house by the mystery of the Word-made-flesh and miraculously placed it in the heart of Christendom; grant that we may shun places that are the occasion of sin and become worthy to dwell in Your own holy house.
To avoid leakage, we line the roof with aluminum foil when we use this mold. Other suggestions. O God, You have placed us under the special patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary and through her You have favored us with endless blessings. May we who joyfully honor her this day on earth enjoy her company forever in heaven. Through Christ our Lord. The symbol for this feast is the rose to commemorate the appearance of Our Lady of the Americas at Guadalupe, Mexico in , to a poor Indian peasant called Juan Diego.
It was by means of roses growing in winter that our Lady indicated the site where she wished a church to be built. The rose cake is also appropriate see Rose Petal Coconut Cake. Nameday of Pura, Maria or Mary born or baptized on this feast, which commemorates the presentation of the Child Jesus in the temple and the purification of our Lady. Since this feast is also called Candlemas Day, the day on which the Church blesses the candles used at home, it would be fitting to hold them lighted during today's prayers.
All: The Virgin who had given birth to Him remained a Virgin after childbearing. Him whom she bore she adored. O almighty and everlasting God, we humbly beseech You that as Your only-begotten Son was this day presented in the temple in the substance of our flesh, so too You would grant us to be presented to You with purified souls. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Tradition tells us that the burning bush which Moses saw "the bush burned with fire and the bush was not consumed"--Ex. In her honor today prepare a flambe dessert see Cherries Jubliee , perhaps in a chafing dish, although a frying pan does equally well.
A candle in a cupcake is an effective dessert, provided mother reminds her children that they, like Jesus, are born and baptized to be a light to the world. A pair of doves brings out the symbolism of Joseph's offering in the temple. These tiny white birds will enhance a child's nameday cake, cupcakes, or petits fours. Father: Arise, my love, my fair one, and come, my dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hollow places of the wall. We humbly pray that we who are celebrating her apparition at Lourdes may obtain health of mind and body.
A cake decorated with a rosary made of silver dragees on the frosting, or a frosted crown cake with twelve gold stars or gummed star seals is suggested. A reading of Apocalypse tells your child why twelve stars crown the dessert. The Mass of today's feast provides suitable texts for place- cards. The Gradual verse recalls the grotto of the apparition: "Arise, my love, my fair one, and come, my dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hollow places of the wall. Under this title Our Lady is invoked against bodily ills.
This is the nameday of Maria Annunciata, Mary, Anunciacion Donna, and Ancilla, names for girls born around this feast. Ancilla means "handmaid" and commemorates Our Lady's words: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord. At that moment God begins to have a Worshipper who is infinite, and the world a Mediator who is omnipotent; while to the working of this great mystery Mary alone is chosen to cooperate by her free assent. Her "fiat," "Be it done unto me according to Your word," expresses perfect cooperation of a human will with the divine, and sums up the whole content of a life in union with God.
Taking that sweet Ave, Gabriel spoke of yore, Eva's name reversing, Peace for us implore. Break the bonds of sinners, Lend us light to see; All our guilt expelling, Plead our ev'ry plea; Show thyself our Mother; May thy Son divine, born for our salvation, Grant our prayers through thine. Into her presence the angel came. That she was a virgin, learn from her behavior, learn from her modesty, learn from the announcement made to her, learn from the very mystery itself. Would that girls would imitate this example of modesty. And the angel greeted her.
For it was fitting that an angel and no man should utter the mystery of so sublime a message. Today for the first time are heard the words: "The Holy Spirit will come upon you. Mark her piety. Grant to Your suppliants that we who believe her to be truly the Mother of God may be aided by her intercession before You. Recipes and decorations. There are two symbols associated with this feast. The first, the lily, is well known, the second, the stork Christians have long forgotten to associate with Our Lady.
This is the time to hunt up the stork used for your last baby shower. Place it atop a nameday cake and explain the symbolism. It is associated with the Annunciation because as the stork announces the coming of spring, so the annunciation to Mary indicates the coming of Christ.
The northern European tradition that newborn babies are carried to their mothers by the stork is a late derivation from its association with the Annunciation. The lily is the flower of the Annunciation. In Renaissance paintings the Angel Gabriel holds a lily, or a lily is placed in a vase between him and the Virgin Mary. A box of ten lilies to make a spray for the nameday cake should be at hand available from MS, see Abbreviations. Gummed seals in a lily design are used to decorate place-mats, napkins, and candy or nut cups; such seals are available in stationery stores.
To carry out the lily theme for this feastday we suggest Lily Sandwiches for lunch or for the nameday party. Combine and work into a paste three 3-oz. Remove crusts from 20 slices of bread. Roll into cornucopia shapes by bringing two straight edges together and letting them overlap. Hold the edges together with additional cheese.
Press them gently. Roll and chill before filling with cream cheese mixture. Insert into each lily formed a thin strip of carrot. Cut into leaf shape a green pepper. Attach a leaf or two with cheese to sides of the lily. Chill sandwiches before serving. The Annunciation and Mary's virginity. We tell our children the firm and constant belief of the Church that Our Lady remained a spotless Virgin. As the special Preface provided for Mary's feasts puts it: "The glory of virginity still abiding with her, she shed upon the world the everlasting Light.
His Virgin Mother did not suffer harm or pain in her childbearing when Emmanuel passed from the resting-place He had chosen to dwell in before bestowing His visible presence upon His own. Mary was His way to earth from heaven when He came to us, "skipping over the hills, leaping over the mountains. Art suggestions. Do not be surprised that Mary is said to have been a martyr in spirit.
Why are you more surprised to see Mary suffering with her Son than to see Mary's Son suffering? He, it is true, was able to die in body; could not she die with Him in spirit? All: It was for our sins that He was wounded, it was guilt of ours that crushed Him down. By His bruises we were healed Is.
O God, at whose passion, as Simeon foretold, a sword of sorrow pierced the sweet soul of Mary Your Virgin Mother, grant that we who revere her by calling to mind her anguish and sufferings may through the pleading of all the saints who stand loyally beside Your Cross secure the happiness which Your own sufferings have gained for us. You live and reign forever. The heart pierced with a sword is a symbol of devotion under conditions of extreme trial. In reading about Marian symbols, we discovered that our favorite winged heart pierced by a sword, in St.
Vincent Ferrer Church, New York, is also one of the best representations of its kind. A heart-shaped dessert with red roses is suitable for the nameday party. The cake may be baked in a heart-shaped tin from MS, see Abbreviations or cut out of an oval cake see Heart Cake. In Christian symbolism the red rose signifies martyrdom.
Decorations for this feast are the heart pierced by a sword or arrow , red roses, and a spring flower, the iris. The name "iris" means "sword-lily," an allusion to Mother Mary's sorrows; the flower is used as her symbol by Flemish painters. Another plant for Dolores is the cyclamen, early dedicated to Mary's sorrowing heart because of the red spot at the heart of the flower. Burpee Seeds have cyclamen house-plants that can be grown by a Dolores for her nameday. It takes a year for the plant to flower.
All: God has restored peace, in His own person reconciling the lowest with the highest, alleluia Num. O God, who conferred upon mankind, through the fruitful virginity of Blessed Mary, the grace of regeneration, grant that we who claim her on earth as Mother of grace may ever enjoy the happiness of fellowship with her in heaven.
Say, did his sisters wonder what could Joseph see In a mild, silent little Maid like thee? And was it awful, in that narrow house With God for Babe and Spouse? Nay like thy simple, female sort, each one Nothing to thee came strange in this Thy wonder was but wondrous bliss: Wondrous, for, though True Virgin lives not but does know Howbeit none ever yet confess'd That God lies really in her breast Of thine He made His special nest!
And so All mothers worship little feet, And kiss the very ground they've trod; But, ah, thy little Baby sweet Who was indeed thy God! All: O Virgin now our Queen, O'er all creation thou dost tower, And every form of loveliness In rich abundance is thy dower. Adorned with merits numberless Give heed to us as now we sing, And in thy gladness, pray, accept The humble homage we would bring. From the monuments of Christian antiquity and prayers of the liturgy in short, from all sides, we have gathered evidence affirming the pre-eminence of the Virgin Mother of God in her royal dignity.
By our apostolic authority we have therefore decided to institute a feast of Mary the Queen which is to be celebrated throughout the world each year on the thirty-first day of May. Hail, holy Queen enthroned above, Salve Regina! Hail Queen of mercy, Queen of love, Salve Regina! Refrain: Sing her praise, ye Cherubim! Join our song, ye Seraphim! Heav'n and earth resound the hymn: Salve, Salve, Salve Regina! Our life, our sweetness here below, Salve Regina! From you all grace and comfort flow, Salve Regina! Our Advocate with God on high, Salve Regina!
To you our pleading voices cry, Salve Regina! Grant, O Lord, to us who keep the festival of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Queen, that under the shelter of her protection we may become worthy to enjoy peace in this life and glory in the life to come. If a mother has time, the crown cake is ideal.
However, a small child will enjoy building a gumdrop crown or cutting a gold paper crown for any cake baked in a tube pan. Crowns are easy to draw and children should be encouraged to produce their own art work. If you have an inexpensive picture of the Virgin, perhaps from a calendar, blindfolded children will enjoy "pinning the crown" on their Queen during a nameday party.
Your local museum might have a reproduction for your purpose. The "fleur de lis," a variety of lily and an emblem of royalty, is the particular symbol for this feast. Mother Mary's altar- shrine can be decorated as a throne to signify her Queenship. We use gold paper or gold corduroy in place of velvet. And mayest thou save me from Evil's control, And mayest thou save me In body and soul. And mayest thou save me By land and by sea, And mayest thou save me from tortures to be.
May the guard of the Angels above me abide, May God be before me and God be at my side. Bestow on Your servants, O Lord, the gift of heavenly grace, that as the childbearing of the Blessed Virgin was the beginning of our salvation, so the solemn festival of her Visitation may bring us an increase of peace. Hearing her praise, Mary answered in that wonderful song we call the Magnificat, the most perfect thanksgiving and praise for the incarnation of the Son of God and a most precious monument of Mary's humility.
She praises God with all the powers of her soul and gives glory to Him alone. This hymn should have a place in all nameday prayers on Mary's feasts. A parent trying to paraphrase it for a child might say: "I am thankful to God and I rejoice with a holy joy for the great favors which God has granted me, His humble servant.
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By reason of His goodness to me, I shall be admired and honored forever. I rejoice because of the wondrous miracle wrought in me by the Almighty, who is all-holy. Dessert and decorations. This nameday suggests a heart-shaped dessert see Heart Cake because of Mother Mary's charity and because the heart in art is considered to be the source of understanding, love, courage, devotion and joy.
Its deep religious meaning is expressed in 1 Sam. Your local museum may have a print of the Visitation for under a dollar. This feast recalls Mary's great humility. In honor of her Magnificat musical symbols would be appropriate on a cake. Candied violets for a nameday cake can be found in the gourmet shops of large department stores. The violet is a symbol of humility; St.
Bernard referred to Our Lady as the "violet of humility. Frost a cake baked in a round pan. Dot top of cake with chocolate morsels, points in, for base of musical notes. Force melted chocolate through decorating tube to make stems of notes. This patronal feast of the Carmelite Order is a nameday of our daughter. We had invoked Blessed Mary under this title for a baby girl by adoption and promised to name her Carmel. A soft Irish voice replied: "Wisha, you can't say Carmel in Gaelic. On this day our family prayers are as follows:.
You were pleased, O God, to honor the Order of Carmel with the particular title of Mary ever Virgin and Mother; grant that we who this day celebrate her commemoration by a solemn nameday may be shielded by her protection and attain eternal joys. Because our daughter bears the name Carmel and is part Italian, we celebrate the vigil in Little Italy, where half a million people from far and near keep festival like a country fair for a week each year.
In the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on the fringe of Harlem lights arch the streets and festoon lamp-posts like diamond necklaces. Families move large tables to the city streets and sit out to enjoy the music, dancing and food. Behind the chairs, city buses creep cautiously, close enough to scrape off the varnish, it seems. All along the tenemented streets vendors sell their wares. In booths stoves steam with oysters. The night is permeated with the pungent aromas of sizzling sausage and spicy pepper. From vats of bubbling fat pop golden zeppoles, fried doughballs, hot, sugared and tempting.
Hawkers fly whistling birds and giant balloons. Others call out, "Tortoni, spumoni, nougats! With the peddlers' cries are mingled the music of Verdi from the bandstand, the squeals of children swaying on ferris wheels high above parking lots taken over for the feast, and the screech of a careening fire engine. In stalls along the streets are displayed tawdry medals and religious wares, bracelets, earrings, cuff- links marked with the emblem of the Virgin of Mount Carmel. In the street stalls near the church, candles four feet high, some symbolically decorated, are sold.
Penitents bear them lighted in the ten-block parade on July Inside the church we hear the praises of the Virgin in the liquid peasant accent of southern Italy. Great crowds walk slowly in line to the altars for scapulars, which are worn publicly during the feastdays. An offering is made at the altar. Beneath a picture of the Virgin are streamers, green with dollar bills pinned there by the faithful seeking favors from Our Lady and by penitents who crowd the church on the vigil. The Virgin of Mount Carmel stands on a throne of white and gold marble high above the altar with its sea of three-hundred vigil lights.
She wears a white silk robe embroidered with real gold lace and sparkling gems; her Infant is dressed to match. Her hair is shoulder length, jet black and straight. Their crowns are gold and bear large emeralds set in diamonds, gifts of St. Pius X, who gave consent to the Virgin's coronation as an endorsement of her miracles. Once every twenty-five years the Virgin and Child are carried in the streets in a public celebration. White pigeons sprung from a cage precede the procession. The feastday itself. Services over, the church gates are closed to the public and the street is barricaded to prepare for the procession.
Toward evening the parade of Our Lady of Mount Carmel begins. Carmelite priests, their brown and white habits flying, head the procession up First Avenue, followed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and bagpipers, whose stirring hymn, Faith of Our Fathers, gives the step. A giant drummer twirls and swirls his drumsticks as he leads the children of Carmel from 23rd Street up to 30th on First Avenue, then down Second Avenue to 28th Street. The Women's Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars prays in procession as it carries a gigantic rosary.
Every bead is baseball size, each decade a half a block long. Irish cultural societies parade with accordion bands. Pipers lead Hibernians who have come to the sweltering city from Long Island and Connecticut to march in honor of the Virgin of Mount Carmel. Irish county associations bear the banners of little-known patron saints of Ireland. Last to parade are Third Order Carmelites, who wear wide brown badges, part of their habit. For seven hundred years the Gaels have followed Our Lady of Mount Carmel and their steadfast devotion to her is a tribute to the Carmelite Fathers.
When the procession reaches East 28th Street, the bands strike their grandest airs. Waiting on the steps of the priory are a mitred bishop, resplendent in gold, and monsignori, sweltering in crimson as the broiling sun slants on the tenements and crowds. It is a thrilling sight to watch. The next skirls an ancient Marian hymn as it proceeds to the church. Fourth-degree Knights of Columbus in plumed tricorns, crimson- lined capes and gleaming sabres prepare to follow the bands.
Altar boys, cassocked in gold, swing lanterns uneasily in the oppressive heat as Carmelites, monsignori and the bishop enter the crowded East Side church. The sermon is short, for the night is hot. The choir could be better still, this is a tribute which the Virgin of Mount Carmel will most certainly accept. In the vestibule of the church, Knights, flag-bearers, kilted Irishmen and a motley congregation prepare to leave. On a pedestal Elias, the prophet, his arm outstretched with a torch, looks wild-eyed at this group who have honored his Lady of Mount Carmel. We take our daughter home. The antiphon of Mother Mary's feast keeps running through the mind: "All the majesty of Lebanon is bestowed on her, all the grace of Carmel and Sharon, alleluia!
A godmother or parent could easily put a blue mat and a 5x7 frame around this print to use for the home shrine. Grant to Your servants, O Lord, lasting health of mind and body. At the intercession of glorious Mary, ever Virgin, may we be delivered from the sorrows of this life and enjoy the happiness of heaven.
Make up lemon-flavored gelatine according to the directions on the package. Chill swiftly until slightly thickened. Add two egg whites. Set in a pan of ice cubes and water and whip with a rotary beater until the chilled gelatine and egg white is fluffy and thick like whipped cream. Chilled jello has a way of whipping magically. Pour the mixture into a large heart-shaped mold or into small heart-shaped molds to harden.
This is a feast in honor of Mother Mary's death and glorification. Mary's Day par excellence, the greatest of all the festivals which the Church celebrates in her honor. It is the nameday of children dedicated under her name without any special invocation. It is the consummation of all other great mysteries by which Mary's life was made wonderful; it is the birthday of her greatness and glory, and the crowning of all the virtues of her whole life which we admire singly in her other festivals.
Jesus is God. Therefore she is the mother of God. That she remained absolutely sinless for her whole life is affirmed by the Council of Trent. As the second Eve, Mary is spiritual mother of all living. Veneration is due to her with an honor above that accorded to all other saints. But to give divine worship to her would be idolatry for Mary is a creature like the rest of human kind, and her dignity comes from God.
Another distinguished writer develops and explains the thought that "the Blessed Virgin Therefore, she is the purest and most holy, so that under God a greater purity cannot be understood. The radiant crown of glory with which the most pure brow of the Virgin Mother was encircled by God seems to us to shine more brilliantly.
By divine Providence, it fell to our lot to define that the Mother of God was assumed body and soul into heaven. These two very singular privileges of her Immaculate Conception and her Assumption stand out in a most splendid light as the beginning and as the end of her earthly journey; for the greatest possible glorification of her virgin body is the complement, at once appropriate and marvelous, of the absolute innocence of her soul, which was free from all stains; and just as she took part in the struggle of her only-begotten Son with the wicked serpent of hell, so she shares in His glorious triumph over sin and its sad consequences.
Father: Come, let us adore the King of kings, for today His Virgin Mother has been taken up into heaven. My dear children, to the Temple of the Lord not made by hands, there today has come blessed Mary, a holy tabernacle, re- enlivened by the living God.
David her father rejoices, and with him choirs of Angels and of Archangels, choirs of Virtues and of Principalities are glorifying her; choirs of Powers and of Dominations and of Thrones sing exultingly to her; the Cherubim and Seraphim are praising and chanting her glory. All: Come, let us adore the King of kings, for today His Virgin Mother has been taken up into heaven. Almighty and eternal God, You have taken up into heavenly glory the body and soul of the immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of Your Son.
May we always look upward to heaven and come to be worthy of sharing her glory. Through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. We sing the Magnificat see Purification of Our Lady. In "Cooking for Christ" from NCRLC, see Abbreviations Florence Berger tells a delightful story of her family in the country collecting their finest flowers and mixing them with the green of herbs on the eve of the Assumption. These were taken to church and blessed by the priest. A father or mother may sprinkle holy water on flowers and herbs and lead the family in the following blessing proper to August Father: Almighty, everlasting God, by Your Word alone You have made heaven, earth, sea, all things visible and invisible, and have adorned the earth with plants and trees for the use of men and animals.
You appointed each species to bring forth fruit in its kind, not only to serve as food for living creatures, but also as medicine to sick bodies. With mind and word we earnestly implore Your unspeakable goodness to bless these various herbs and fruits, and add to their natural powers the grace of Your new blessing. May they ward off disease and adversity from men and beasts who use them in Your Name. The children sing hymns in English and Polish at church services or at home, and later with the grown-ups swing into their native dances to the lively music of the polonaise. When we lived in Greenwich Village, Portuguese neighbors surrounded Mother Mary's statue with angels and crowned her Queen of the Angels in a family celebration resounding with the music of their bagpipes.
A friend in Massachusetts bakes Portuguese bread, a great favorite with our children, who receive it a day or two after the feast. In Italy the statue of the Virgin of the Assumption is carried in public procession through the streets to the cathedral or church. The blessing of grapes takes place at Mass on this day in Armenia; these are the first grapes of the season to be eaten. Brittany calls this the "Feast of the Soul of Mary" and on this day betrothals are made in the churches.
Herbs for city families may be found at green grocers, procured packaged in the spice section of your supermarket, or ordered by mail from Ye Olde Herb Shoppe, an old-fashioned emporium bursting with three thousand boxes that hold herbs and spices YOHS, see Abbreviations. This shop supplies us with spices like sweet cinnamon from Ceylon, other sweet-smelling herbs for sachets, mint, and even frankincense and myrrh to carry with medicines for the poor at Epiphany family processions, an idea we culled from "The Church's Year of Grace" from LP, see Abbreviations. The connection between the Assumption and the blessing of herbs is a legend.
All the flowers and herbs of the earth had lost their scent after Adam and Eve had sinned in the Garden of Eden. On the Assumption, the flowers were given back their scent and the herbs their power to heal. To carry out the theme of fruits and flowers on Assumption Day, mothers or godmothers may order ready- made tiny fruits such as pineapples, bananas, peaches and grapes as decorations for cookies, cupcakes, or sheet-cake squares. We have made a wreath out of fresh fruit leaves and flowers surrounding a "jeweled" gold-paper crown as a centerpiece to symbolize honor, sovereignty and victory for the Virgin of the Assumption.
To dramatize this theme, we sometimes hang a cloud of "angel hair" and a miniature statue of Mary from the dining room chandelier. One year for this Marian feast our children made a crown of gold cardboard with twelve stars; this was placed around a statue of Our Lady and used as a centerpiece for the table. Other years they have made an altar poster. In this altar panel Mother Mary is ascending to heaven above a cedar, a cyprus, a palm and an olive tree and a rose plant, all so simple in design that children can draw them.
CCA see Abbreviations carries an import, "Virgin of the Assumption," by Oudin, some of whose works are reproduced in this book. For Assumption-day, place-cards decorated with a crown are placed at each child's place. The cards bear verses from the Mass of the Assumption. For instance, one card has lines from the Entrance Hymn: "Sing to the Lord a new canticle, for He has done wondrous deeds.
For Mary's altar our children pick a handful of wild flowers along the Hudson River there's no dearth of wild flowers even in a big city. Mostly, however, our flowers come from our window boxes or a Broadway florist shop. To make amends for all the fattening desserts listed above, the following one is low-caloried and may be used on any feastday.
It can be served by itself or with a gelatine dessert. Each wedge of cake contains only about 54 calories. Beat 7 egg yolks until thick and lemon colored, about 5 minutes. Add to egg yolks and continue beating until thick and very fluffy, about 10 minutes. Fold carefully into yolk mixture. Sift a small amount at a time over the egg mixture, folding in gently until all flour disappears. Pour batter into an ungreased ten-inch tube pan. Bake in a moderate oven, degrees F. Makes a ten-inch cake. Keeping a holy day well in a time of heat and humidity such as August often brings is not easy.
And additional time at home on the range turns knees to jelly. To avoid this we use gelatine desserts since they require a minimum of heating, can be made on a cool day in advance, require no last-minute fussing, and are enhanced by the interesting forms of various copper molds. The shimmering goodness of fresh fruit and the mint molded in gelatine provide a dessert which is far less complicated to make than it looks.
The trick to gelatine molds is to place the mold over a bowl of ice. Cover the bottom with a thin layer of gelatine and chill until firm. The fruit is used to form a design in the mold. Each layer of fruit must be carefully covered over with a layer of cool gelatine and chilled. Continue filling the mold to the top with alternate layers of fruit and slightly thickened gelatine, ending with gelatine.
Chill until firm. To serve, gently loosen the gelatine with a paring knife. Then place a chilled serving dish upside down on top of the mold; invert. Cover with a towel wrung out of hot water. Carefully lift off the mold and you have a sunburst to enthrall your nameday guests and to perk up appetites that have waned with the summer heat. A sunburst mold may also be used to bake a cake for Our Lady's feasts in wintertime.
Unflavored gelatine is congenial to any fruit combination for a summer nameday dessert. Melon balls, grapes, strawberries, raspberries, peaches, blueberries, grapefruit and orange sections, bananas--any or all may be used. One envelope of gelatine and two cups of liquid will jell up to two cups of diced fruits. Sugar is counted as part of the liquid since it goes into solution. To form an artistic motif that will show on top of the dessert when unmolded, arrange a design of fruit in the bottom of the mold. Spoon just enough of the gelatine liquid over the fruit to cover the bottom of the mold.
Carefully place in the refrigerator and chill until firm before adding the rest of the gelatine and fruit layer by layer. Mix together gelatine, sugar and slat in saucepan. Place over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatine and sugar are dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in remaining 1 cup water and lemon juice. Chill until the consistency of unbeaten egg white. Fold in desired combination of fruits. Turn into large or individual molds. Unmold to serve. What mortal man, were he not on the sure ground of divine revelation, would dare to speak even the slightest thing with his impure and polluted lips concerning her who is truly the Mother of the God-man, her whom the Father, God before time was, predestined to remain ever a virgin, whom the Son chose to be His Mother, whom the Holy Spirit prepared as the dwelling-place of all graces?
With what words can I, a mere man, proclaim the sublime thoughts of that virginal heart, which were uttered by her most holy lips, seeing that the tongues of all the angles fail therein! What greater treasure is there than that divine love wherewith the heart of the Virgin was afire? Heart most tender, refuge sure, Spotless Heart of Mary! Chosen vessel undefiled, Lily chalice holy!
Through the merits of thy Child, Make us pure and holy. Source of Christ's most precious blood, Virgin Heart of Mary! Cleanse us in that saving flood, Victim Heart of Mary! May thy love our hearts refine, Bless our consecration; May our hearts be one with thine, Making reparation. Almighty, everlasting God, who prepared a worthy dwelling-place for the Holy Spirit in the heart of the Virgin Mary, grant us this grace, that keeping the feast of her Immaculate Heart, we may have strength to live according to Your Heart's desire.
For a child keeping this nameday, shimmering vanilla ice cream and firm pineapple jello in equal parts, blended together and refrozen in a heart-shaped mold, give mother an easy dessert to prepare. The heart-shaped cake see Heart Cake lends itself to today's symbolism. Dearly beloved: the much-desired feast of Blessed Mary ever Virgin has come; so let the earth made bright by her birth rejoice with exceeding great joy. For she is the wild rose on the lowland plain from whom bloomed the precious Lily of the valley. Now let Mary play upon musical instruments and let timbrels reverberate under the fleet fingers of this young Mother.
Let joyous choirs sing together harmoniously and let sweet songs be blended together now with one melody and now with another. Hear how our timbrel player has sung. For she has said: "My soul magnifies the Lord because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid. For behold, all generations shall call me blessed, because He who is mighty has done great things to me. All: This is the birthday of the glorious Virgin Mary, sprung from the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Juda, of the renowned family of David. O Lord, grant to Your servants the gift of Your heavenly grace, that as the childbearing of the Blessed Virgin was the beginning of salvation, so the joyful feast of her birthday may bring us an increase of peace.
The first fancy nameday cake in our house was decorated by our youngsters. A cake decorating set had been given to us, but it seemed too complicated to use. Somehow the children had caught the mystery of holiness in so great a feast which the Church celebrates with praise and thanksgiving, for the birthday of Blessed Mary announces joy and the near approach of salvation to a sin-lost world. The rose petal cake see Rose Petal Coconut Cake is appropriate today. It ought to be a pure white cake, and the reason for its whiteness should be explained to children so that they will relate it to Mary's sanctity.
Another choice might be the dessert with musical notation see Musical Cake to symbolize the homily read in today's prayers. The feast of the Holy Name of Mary began in Spain, spread through the Church, and now is kept on this day as an act of thanksgiving for the defeat of the Turks in by John Sobieski, King of Poland. Today we celebrate the glory of the Virgin's name. Various etymologies have been proposed, for example, "wished-for child," "bitterness," the "sea," "star," etc.
The Irish, too, have this custom: the Mother of God is Muire, a name reserved for her alone and never given in baptism. Most fittingly Mother Mary is likened to a star, for as a star sends forth its rays without any loss to itself, so she brought forth her Son without any loss to her virginity.
Mother Mary is a brilliant and splendid star, of necessity set above this great and vast sea, shining with merit and shedding light by her example. Grant, we pray, almighty God, that Your faithful people who enjoy the protection of Your most holy Mother Mary and delight in her name may by her dear intercession be delivered from all ills on earth and be made worthy to attain everlasting bliss in heaven. Today's nameday cake may be decorated with chocolate stars see Confessors' Light Chocolate Cake; Chocolate Symbols for Cake Decoration or even gold gummed ones.
It may be baked in a star-shaped tin from your local houseware store or in the six-pointed star of David tin, which is ideal for the nameday of Mary the "noble star which rose out of Jacob," and for the saints of the Bible available from MS, see Abbreviations. A Bavarian cream dessert molded in a star tin or a bowl makes an interesting and refreshing late-summer feastday delicacy. Crush 1 quart of hulled raspberries, add 1 cup of sugar and let them stand for 30 minutes.
Soak 2 teaspoons of gelatine in 3 tablespoons of water. Dissolve in 3 tablespoons of boiling water. Stir this into the berries and add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Cool the gelatine mixture. When it is about to set, fold in lightly 2 cups of whipped heavy cream. Pour the mixture into a wet mold. Let these ingredients stand for 2 hours.
Put them through a ricer or sieve. The star, lighting the darkness of the heavens at night, is a symbol of divine guidance or favor. Our Blessed Lady is represented by twelve stars. One large single star is a symbol for her under the title Star of the Sea. A single star is used also for St. Dominic and St. Nicholas of Tolentine. Seven stars are used on St. Hugh's and St. John Nepomuk's feastdays, nine on St. Donald's day. The star is used as a symbol for St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Peter Alcantara, St.
Humbert of Moralles, St. Fidelis, St. Bruno, and St. Athanasia, who is shown in art weaving cloth with a star above her. Gummed stars in gold, silver, and many other colors come in different sizes from Party Bazaar PB, see Abbreviations. These are suitable for pasting on a cake, tablecloths, place-mats and napkins to carry out the theme of a star when it is the symbol of a child's patron or patroness; the children can help with this part of the decoration. A nameday star pie is one of those feathery-light, delicately flavored desserts made of unflavored gelatine and other pantry staples.
To make this easy but impressive chiffon pie, you will need:. Sprinkle on the water to soften. Cook, stirring constantly, over hot water until the mixture coats a spoon. Fold into the gelatine mixture. Top the pie with a garnish of stars. See Chocolate Symbols for Cake Decorations for making hearts or stars of melted chocolate.
Cut the stars with a star cookie-cutter from slices of canned cranberry jelly or other fruit jelly. The crust may be lined with crushed jelly if desired. We have used many gelatine desserts because they lend themselves to molding in many shapes to signify the symbols of various saints. Twice during the Church year do we commemorate the Sorrows of our Blessed Mother--once on the Friday in Passion Week and again today, with a feast instituted by the Servites, who have an especial devotion to the sufferings of Mary.
Father: The iron of the soldier's lance pierced not only the side of our Savior but also the soul of the Virgin. O God, at whose passion, as Simeon foretold, a sword of sorrow pierced the soul of Your glorious Virgin Mother, mercifully grant that we who revere her by calling to mind her anguish may secure the happiness which Your own sufferings have gained for us.
As a centerpiece a crown of thorns and the heart-cake with seven red roses see Heart Cake are appropriate. Seven red roses or anemones or cyclamens are all fitting flowers for the feast. It's more fun to make them. The great devotion of the Franciscans to the Mother of Sorrows, to which Jacopo da Todi has given immortal expression in his "Stabat Mater," arose in medieval Ireland.
In the ages of faith, the statue of the Mother of Sorrows at Muckrose Abbey was a miraculous one. At home when we were children father used to recite to us a moving Irish poem called "Aisling Muire"; it binds together the childhood and passion of Christ, and casts over Mary's joy in motherhood the shadows of her Child's suffering and crucifixion.
Our father told us that in parts of Ireland where the Gael still preserved the old ways of prayer in his native tongue, versions of Mary's lament for her crucified Son are found. Once Patrick Pearse heard an old woman sing it in a cottage in Iar-Chonnacht. We mention this because Dolores or Dolais is seldom thought of as an Irish name. This feast had its origin in the appearance of Our Lady to St. Peter Nolasco and St. Raymond Pennafort to urge them to found a religious order for the liberation of Christians enslaved by the Saracens.
O God, for the deliverance of Christians from the power of the heathen You were pleased through the glorious Mother of Your Son to enrich the Church with a new family, the Mercedarians, founded by St. Peter Nolasco; we pray that we who devoutly venerate her as the foundress of this great work may likewise be delivered by her great merits and intercession from all our sins and from bondage to the power of hell.
On this feast families will want to include a decade of the rosary to Our Lady of Ransom for unsung heroes of the faith in bondage behind the iron and bamboo curtains. This feast was instituted to commemorate the overthrow of the Turks at Lepanto, a victory attributed to the intercession of Our Lady. The symbolism of a rose in connection with Our Lady comes from the Bible: "In me is all grace of the way and of the truth; in me is all hope of life and of virtue.