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Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven

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August 15, the Catholic Church celebrates the great feast of Our Lady’s Assumption.

In 1950, Pope Pius XII dogmatically defined the ancient faith of the Church in Mary’s assumption into heaven: “the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.” Our earthly life is like a pilgrimage to the Father’s house. We see this truth realized in the glorious assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary who “when the course of her earthly life was completed, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven, where she already shares in the glory of her Son’s resurrection, anticipating the resurrection of all the members of his Body” (CCC 974). In Mary, we contemplate what the Church already is on pilgrimage and what she will be in heaven at the end of her journey.

The Second Vatican Council taught: “The Mother of Jesus, in the glory which she possesses in body and soul in heaven, is the image and beginning of the Church as it is to be perfected in the world to come. Likewise she shines forth on earth, until the day of the Lord shall come, a sign of certain hope and comfort to the pilgrim People of God.” “The Catholic Church taught by the Holy Spirit, honors her with filial affection and devotion as a most beloved mother.” “This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation. By her maternal charity, she cares for the brethren of her Son, who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and difficulties, until they are led into their blessed home.” (Lumen gentium, 68,53,62) Source: Saint Dunstan’s Parish Bulletin

Bible Reading

[39] And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste into a city of Juda.
[40] And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth.
[41] And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
[42] And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
[43] And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
[44] For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
[45] And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord.
[46] And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord.
[47] And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
[48] Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
[49] Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is his name.
[50] And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him.

[48] Shall call me blessed: These words are a prediction of that honour which the church in all ages should pay to the Blessed Virgin. Let Protestants examine whether they are any way concerned in this prophecy.

[51] He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
[52] He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble.
[53] He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
[54] He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy:
[55] As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.
[56] And Mary abode with her about three months; and she returned to her own house.

Source: Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible

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“In the bodily and spiritual glory which she possesses in heaven, the Mother of Jesus continues in this present world as the image and first flowering of the Church as she is to be perfected in the world to come. Likewise, Mary shines forth on earth, until the day of the Lord shall come (cf. 2 Peter 3:10), as a sign of certain hope and comfort for the pilgrim People of God” (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, 68).

 

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