The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Published on 09 Aug 2021
Mosaic showing Mary in blue holding the Christ child - they both have haloes

‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit exults in God my saviour!’

Almighty ever-living God,who assumed

the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of your Son,

body and soul into heavenly glory,

grant, we pray,

that, always attentive to the things that are above,

we may merit to be sharers of her glory.

The Feast of the Assumption marks the special place that Mary, chosen to be the Mother of Jesus, has in the life of the Church. The Roman Catholic Church today celebrates that she was taken, body and soul, into heaven, when her life on earth was over.

In the First Reading, a woman, taken to be either Mary or the Early Church, safely delivers her son into the world. Although threatened by the dragon (representing the power of evil), the child – the Messiah who would rule all the nations – was taken directly to God. The woman herself escaped to a place of safety.

The Psalm was originally a wedding song for the king of Judah. It also points us towards Jesus the king and to Mary, his mother, as queen. She is also a subject of the king, and a daughter.

St Paul tells the Corinthians that through Jesus’s death and resurrection, all followers of Christ can look forward to a risen life with Jesus, and to a new fullness of life with God. (Second Reading)

The Gospel tells of Mary’s visitation to her sister, Elizabeth. In Mary’s hymn of praise, the Magnificat, we see her faith and complete trust in God.

This week, we may like to ask Mary to intercede for us as we pray for the grace of knowing God’s will for us, and to follow her example in always saying an unconditional ‘yes’. We also offer thanks for all the great things the Almighty has done for us.

So will the king desire your beauty: He is your Lord, pay homage to him.     Responsorial Psalm

All will be brought to life in Christ.     Second Reading

The Lord has looked upon his lowly handmaid. Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me.    Gospel

This week’s texts if you want to explore further:

Apocalypse 11: 19,12: 1–6.10; Psalm 44 (45); 1 Corinthians 15: 20–26; Luke 1: 39–56