Father Albert Scharbach, priest administrator of Mount Calvary Church in Baltimore, posted the following on the parish’s blog:
Spikey Worship on the Assumption
The Feast of the Assumption is the highest feast day of our Lady and a Holy Day of Obligation. It is also the day on which I was first ordained as an Anglican priest.
When I was ordained as an Anglican at Good Shepherd, Rosemont, that parish pushed the limits by celebrating the Feast Day and pulling out all the stops. “Spikey” was the word that Anglicans gave to parishes who unapologetically honored the Blessed Virgin Mary with pomp and praise. Marian devotion remains controversial in the Anglican world!
While it was good to push the limits as Anglo-Catholics, it is much better to be home in the Catholic Church, where the Assumption is a big feast day wherever you go.
Mount Calvary was always one of the most “spikey” parishes, always pushing the limits of what Catholic devotion and piety could be tolerated in the Episcopal Church. But now the parish is home and the Feast of the Assumption with its Marian hymns is par for course.
To an extent. Because it seems that nothing that Mount Calvary does is merely par for the course. The parish will celebrate this feast with characteristic ardor and devotion, in beauty and truth. May the tradition of being “spikey” continue to the extent that our worship goes all out, so that the faithful lift up their hearts with renewed enthusiasm and joy.