Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Feast of the Assumption


The ark which God has sanctified,
Which He has filled with grace,
Within the temple of the Lord
Has found a resting-place.
More glorious than the seraphim,
This ark of love divine,Corruption could not blemish her
Whom death could not confine.
God-bearing Mother, Virgin chaste,
Who shines in heaven's sight;
She wears a royal crown of stars
Who is the door of Light.
To Father, Son and Spirit blest
may we give endless praise
With Mary, who is Queen of heaven,
Through everlasting days.

For hundreds of years, Catholics observed the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15 -- celebrating Mary's being taken bodily to Heaven after her death -- but it was not until 1950 that the Church proclaimed this teaching a dogma of the Church.

Mary's Assumption is a sign to us that someday, through God's grace, we too may join the Blessed Mother in Heaven. The Assumption is a source of great hope for us. It points the way for all followers of Christ who through her take obedience to God's will. Where she is now, we are meant to eventually be, and may hope to be through God's grace. We must try to imitate her self-sacrificing love, her indestructible faith and her perfect obedience.


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