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.
Main Feasts of This Month
The Holy Father’s Intentions for the Month of August
Universal – The Treasure of Families: That any far-reaching decisions of economists and politicians may protect the family as one of the treasures of humanity.
Important Days of The Month
August 4th – Feast of St. John Mary Vianney – Patron of Priests
Jean-Baptiste-Marie Vianney, known as John in English, was born May 8, 1786 in Dardilly, France and was baptized the same day. St. John Vianney would often say: “Private prayer is like straw scattered here and there: If you set it on fire, it makes a lot of little flames. But gather these straws into a bundle and light them, and you get a mighty fire, rising like a column into the sky; public prayer is like that.”St John Mary Vianney prays “I love You, O my God, and my only desire is to love You until the last breath of my life. I love You, O my infinitely lovable God, and I would rather die loving You, than live without loving You. I love You, Lord and the only grace I ask is to love You eternally My God, if my tongue cannot say in every moment that I love You, I want my heart to repeat it to You as often as I draw breath.
August 6th – Transfiguration of the Lord
The Transfiguration foretells the glory of the Lord as God, and His Ascension into heaven. It anticipates the glory of heaven, where we shall see God face to face. Through grace, we already share in the divine promise of eternal life.O God, who in the glorious Transfiguration of your Only Begotten Son confirmed the mysteries of faith by the witness of the Fathers and wonderfully prefigured our full adoption to sonship, grant, we pray, to your servants, that, listening to the voice of your beloved Son, we may merit to become co-heirs with him. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
August 15th – Feast of the Assumption of our Mother
Mary, the supremely blessed one among women, Mary, the most precious fruit which has ripened in the fields of God’s kingdom, is today taken into the granary of heaven. The Assumption completes God’s work in her since it was not fitting that the flesh that had given life to God himself should ever undergo corruption. The Assumption is God’s crowning of His work as Mary ends her earthly life and enters eternity. The feast turns our eyes in that direction, where we will follow when our earthly life is over.Almighty ever-living God, who assumed the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of your Son, body and soul into heavenly glory, grant we pray, that, always attentive to the things that are above, we may merit to be sharers of her glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
August 15th – One Nation One Love – 72nd Independence Day of our country
Today the City of Gurgaon is India’s melting pot, it is a representation of a “New India”, where people from all over the country come together to discover, struggle and flourish together. Our Church is a true representation of this unity, diversity, oneness and freedom.
On this day we celebrate our diversity and oneness that is our country (nation). We also raise in prayer that the one true Love that our Lord bought to this earth be spread among all the inhabitants of this country.
- All are requested to attend mass this day in their “Traditional wear”, so as to represent the diversity of our wonderful country.
- We would request volunteers dressed in traditional wear representing different regions to be available for the “Prayers of the Faithful”.
Prayer’s for the nation
- On this wonderful occasion of the “Feast of Assumption” we will raise through our Mother “our most special interceder ” prayers for both our country, our state and ourselves.
- Prayer cards will be distributed outside mass by our volunteer’s, all are expected to either fill the colour coded cards as per one’s region and deposit these cards in the respective boxes assigned to your region as per colour.
All the prayers and petitions raised will be prayed over together on the 15th , post the morning mass and raised up to the Lord. All personal prayer requests will also be raised to the Lord in prayer during the special intercession held every Wednesday at 7 pm in the church.