Feast of the Assumption Year C

Published on 01 Aug 2016
Our Lady Queen of Heaven

Let us pray that with the help of Mary’s prayers, we too may reach our heavenly home.

Father in heaven, all creation rightly gives you praise, for all life and all holiness come from you.

In the plan of your wisdom she who bore the Christ in her womb was raised body and soul to be with him in heaven.

May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness and join in her hymn of endless life and praise.

Lord, may we follow Mary’s example in reflecting your holiness. 
Entrance Antiphon

The sanctuary of God in heaven opened, and the ark of the covenant could be seen inside it.
Revelation 11: 19

All will be brought to life in Christ.
1 Corinthians 15: 22

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.
Luke 1: 46

[God’s] mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.
Luke 1: 50

Today the virgin Mother of God was taken up into heaven to be … a sign of hope for the people of God on their pilgrim way.
Preface of the Assumption

I settle into my place of prayer, taking time to focus and to become still. When ready, I read the opening prayer, slowly, savouring those words or ideas that speak to me.

I share with the Lord the moments for which I want to give him thanks and praise, the moments when I experienced life, when I encountered God’s holiness.

I try to enter into the joy of Jesus and Mary when they meet at the end of Mary’s life.

I may recall people who have died and whom I know – perhaps family or friends for whom I still grieve. I imagine their joy when welcomed by Jesus, Mary and so many others. Perhaps they tell me that it is infinitely greater than we could ever hope for or imagine. Can I begin to imagine that joy and to look forward to sharing it?

I talk with Jesus, Mary and those whom I love. I bring my prayer experience to a close by praying the Our Father.