The month of August is dedicated to The Immaculate Heart of Mary. The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.
General: That the World Youth Day taking place in Madrid may encourage all the young people of the world to root and found their lives in Christ.
Missionary: That Christians of the West, docile to the action of the Holy Spirit, may re-encounter the freshness and enthusiasm of their faith. (See also www.apostleshipofprayer.net)
Feasts for August
The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of August are:
1. Alphonsus Liguori, Memorial
2. Eusebius of Vercelli; Peter Julian Eymard, Opt. Mem.
4. John Vianney, Memorial
5. Dedication of St. Mary Major, Opt. Mem.
6. Transfiguration, Feast
7. Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
8. Dominic, Memorial
9. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Opt. Mem.
10. Lawrence, Feast
11. Clare, Memorial
13. Pontian and Hippolytus, Opt. Mem.
14. Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
15. Assumption, Solemnity
16. Stephen of Hungary, Opt. Mem.
19. John Eudes, Opt. Mem.
20. Bernard, Memorial
21. Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
22. Queenship of Mary, Memorial
23. Rose of Lima, Opt. Mem.
24. Bartholomew, Feast
25. Louis of France; Joseph Calasanz, Opt. Mem.
27. Monica, Memorial
28. Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sunday
29. Martyrdom of John the Baptist, Memorial
Focus of the Liturgy
The Gospel readings for the Sundays in August are taken from St. Matthew and are from Year A, Cycle 1.
|August 7th – 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time||Jesus calms the storm and Peter walks on water.|
|August 14th – 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time||Jesus cures the daughter of the Canaanite women.|
|August 21nd – 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time||Jesus tells Peter that he is the rock upon which He will build His Church.|
|August 28th – 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time||Jesus calls Peter “satan” because he protested that Our Lord would suffer death.|
Highlights of the Month
August is often considered the transitional month in our seasonal calendar. It is the time of the year we begin to wind-down from our summer travels and vacations and prepare for Autumn — back to school, fall festivals, harvest time, etc. The Church in her holy wisdom has provided a cycle of events in its liturgical year which allow the faithful to celebrate the major feasts in the life of Christ and Mary. Most notably, during August, we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration (August 6) and the feast of theAssumption (August 15).
The other main feasts of this month are St. Alphonsus Ligouri (August 1), St. John Mary Vianney (August 4), Dedication of St. Mary Major (August 5), Transfiguration of the Lord (August 6), St. Dominic (August 8),St. Teresa Benedicta (August 9), St. Lawrence (August 10), St. Clare (August 11), Jane Frances de Chantal(August 12), Sts. Pontian and Hippolytus (August 13), St. Stephen of Hungary(August 16), St. John Eudes(August 19), St. Bernard (August 20), the Queenship of Mary(August 22), St. Bartholomew (August 24), St. Louis of France (August 25), St. Monica(August 27) and the Martyrdom of St. John the Baptist (August 29)