Proclaim the Greatness of the Lord

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;

my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has

looked with favor on his lowly servant”

– Lk 1:46-48

On behalf of the Anniversary Committee, I hope that you truly enjoyed our celebration of the parish’s 100th anniversary. Our ancestors would be happy with what we did, I think, as we tried to honor them and our history as fittingly as we could. Cardinal Wuerl seemed to represent them and you so well in his words; people were very pleased with His Eminence and the spirit he brought. All in all, it was a beautiful and glorious event, thanks be to God!

The three lines at the top of the page are from the Gospel at Mass on the Feast of the Assumption. They are the opening words of our Lady in her famous “Magnificat” (Lk 1:46-55), the canticle at the Visitation. These words sum up so well the history, tradition, and spirit of the past 100 years at Assumption as well as our jubilee celebration last Sunday.

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord”

For 100 years, souls at Assumption have been proclaiming the greatness of the Lord. In good times and in bad, in sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer, parishioners have filled these pews every Sunday to worship and praise the Lord in Holy Mass. And, you have specifically said “God is great” time and time again. Last Sunday, there were resounding proclamations of “Amen” and “God is good…all the time”. Like Mary at the Visitation who had a rough journey to visit Elizabeth, you and your ancestors have continued to proclaim the greatness of the Lord even in the midst of hardship or suffering.

“My spirit rejoices in God my Savior”

If we had to sum up the spirit of Assumption throughout our history in one word, it might be joy. In fact, when a friend of the parish recently viewed our anniversary video, all he talked about afterwards was joy. That is the theme of the past century here: folks filled with joy and rejoicing in God our savior. From this, you have taught me a valuable lesson to smile more. So, when I watched myself on the video, I literally said out loud, “smile!”.

“For he has looked with favor on his lowly servant”

People have been saying here for 100 years that God has blessed them abundantly and looked with favor on them. Blessed by the Best! In particular, last Sunday, the Lord looked with favor on us, His lowly servants. How amazing was it to have the Cardinal and all those priests there at Mass! And, the Church was full, with many familiar friends and parishioners making their return. The reception was spectacular with an extravagant hall and excellent meal. What incredible favors God bestowed on us!

One last word about Mary’s canticle that coincides with our history.

At the Visitation, she was pregnant with the Lord. She literally had Jesus with her. So, Assumption, too, has had Jesus with us here for 100 years. The Catholic Church has had Jesus with Her for 2,000 years, especially in the Eucharist. This is what the Cardinal preached about last Sunday. We have been walking together with Jesus and Mary on the way to Heaven. And, like our patroness, we’ve been proclaiming the greatness of the Lord and rejoicing in God our savior for He has looked with favor on His lowly servants.

May you know the peace of Christ,

Fr Greg