Random Musings of Faith – August 6, 2014
(Thoughts while pondering the fact that the Bengals gave Andy Dalton! a $115 million dollar contract extension.)
In the pre-1969 liturgical calendar (or if one participates in the EF liturgy), yesterday’s feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary Major was known as “Dedication of the Basilica of St Mary of the Snows” (In Dedicatione basilicae S. Mariae ad Nives) based on the legend of the miraculous August snowfall connected with the founding of the basilica on its present site. While this story is probably without any historic foundation, it is still commemorated in the basilica with a fall of white rose petals from the dome of the Chapel of Our Lady inside the basilica and an artificial “snowfall” outside the basilica in the square at sunset. “Passare il limoncello così questa neve non vada sprecato, prego.”
It’s stuff like this that makes me love being Catholic (aside from salvation and all that, of course).