Thought for the Week:
15th August is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary – some medieval history from Eleanor Parker:
The feast of the Assumption of the Virgin is the first of the two great Marian feasts of the harvest. In medieval England both the Assumption and the feast of the Nativity of the Virgin, on 8th September, were known as ‘Our Lady Day in harvest’, to distinguish them from ‘Lady Day in Lent’ (the Annunciation, March 25 – ‘Lent meaning ‘spring’ here) and ‘Lady Day in December (the Feast of the Conception, December 8th). The different seasons of the year had their different Lady Days, though today the term usually refers only to the springtime feast. The September feast was sometimes referred to as ‘the latter Lady Day’ – a name which appears as early as the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle – to distinguish it from the Assumption, and this period of slightly less than a month between the harvest feasts was a season too, when something might be said to have happened ‘between Our Lady’s days’.