Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Assumption

Assumpta est Maria in cælum : gaudent Angeli, laudantes benedicunt Dominum.

Mary is taken up into heaven, the Angels rejoice, praise and bless the Lord.

Today is the solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an ancient tradition in the church. It is somewhat of a confusing dogma, though, because no one knows how it happened. Did Our Lady die, or was she taken up before death could touch her, as she is the "Immaculate Conception"? Nevertheless, the dogma was confirmed by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950.

He states: "having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory." In theory, this is all that really matters. It also IS a Holy Day of Obligation!!

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, 
hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. 
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: 
to thee do we send up our sighs, 
mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. 
Turn then, most gracious Advocate, 
thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, 
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, 
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! 


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