Friday, August 13, 2010

Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary

On November 1, 1950, Pius XII defined the dogma of the Assumption. Thus he solemnly proclaimed that the belief whereby the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the close of her earthly life, was taken up, body and soul, into the glory of heaven, definitively forms part of the deposit of faith, received from the Apostles. To avoid all that is uncertain the Pope did not state either the manner or the circumstances of time and place in which the Assumption took place — only the fact of the Assumption of Mary, body and soul, into the glory of heaven, is the matter of the definition. The Assumption completes God's work in her since it was not fitting that the flesh that had given life to God himself should ever undergo corruption. The Assumption is God's crowning of His work as Mary ends her earthly life and enters eternity. The feast turns our eyes in that direction, where we will follow when our earthly life is over.
The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary is celebrated on August 15th, here are some ideas for celebrating this solemnity with your family: Prayer Attend mass as the Solemnity of the Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation
Pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary with your family
Continue to pray this Novena for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary which started on August 7th to finish on August 15th on the Solemnity of the Assumption
Novena for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Mary, Queen Assumed into Heaven, I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, you have at last been taken to the throne prepared for you in heaven by the Holy Trinity. Lift my heart with you in the glory of your Assumption above the dreadful touch of sin and impurity. Teach me how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven. Make me realize that death is the triumphant gate through which I shall pass to your Son, and that someday my body shall rejoin my soul in the unending bliss of heaven. From this earth, over which I tread as a pilgrim, I look to you for help. I ask for this favor: (Mention your request). When my hour of death has come, lead me safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of my God for all eternity together with you. Amen.

Activities Sing Hail Holy Queen or Immaculate Mary

Listen to the chant of Salve Regina Have you children place flowers at a statue of Mary in your home, yard or at your church. Have your children color this Assumption coloring page of this Assumption coloring booklet

View master paintings of the Assumption of Mary listed here

Food Catholic Cuisine has a great post about the Assumption and the traditions and food ideas for celebrating it.

Virgin Mary, Assumed into Heaven, Pray for us


Annita, Mom2Seven said...

Robina, I just read this post and the two before it and wanted to say that I think it is wonderful to see a young mother so devout. I know with three very young children it must take a lot of effort to put together such beautiful posts in the hope of helping other mothers celebrate feasts days with their families. I think you should be commended for your effort! May God bless you and your dear family! +JMJ+

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