The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Today we celebrate that Mary was taken up body and soul into heaven. In this we celebrate the fulfilment of our Christian destiny,
and with her we proclaim the greatness of the Lord.

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Let us rejoice in the Lord and celebrate this feast in honour of the Virgin Mary who was raised to the glory of heaven while the angels sang giving praise to the Son of God.
We praise you O God,
we acclaim you as the Lord.
The glorious band of the apostles,
the noble company of prophets,
the white-robed army who shed their blood for Christ,
all sing your praise.
And to the ends of the earth
your holy Church acclaims her faith in you.
Father, whose majesty is boundless,
your true and only Son, who is to be adored,
the Holy Spirit sent to be our Advocate.
You redeemed your people by your precious blood,
Come, we implore you to our aid.
Grant us with the saints a place in eternal glory. (from the Te Deum)

The life of Mary encourages us to persevere as Christ’s followers. “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12 :1)
When we falter in faith or perseverance,
Lord have mercy
When we lack courage or commitment
Christ have mercy.
When we fail to show forgiveness or humility,
Lord have mercy.
May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and bring us to everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Collect and Readings.
Almighty God, you gave a humble virgin the privilege of being the mother of your Son, and crowned her with the glory of heaven. May the prayers of the Virgin Mary bring us to the salvation of Christ and raise us up to eternal life. We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Revelation 11 :19, 12 :1-6, 10
Psalm 44 : 10-12, 16
1 Corinthians 15 : 20-26
Luke 1 : 39-56

Affirmation of Faith
I believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth: and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead, he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit; the Holy Catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Intercessions
Let us praise God the Father who chose Mary as the mother of his Son and wanted all generations to call her blessed
Father you did great things for the Virgin Mary, and brought her body and soul, to the glory of heaven; fill the hearts of all your children with the hope of Christ’s glory.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
Through the prayers of Mary, our mother, heal the sick, comfort the sorrowful, pardon sinners. Lord grant peace and salvation to all.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer
You favoured Mary with the fullness of grace, bestow on all peoples your overflowing blessings
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.
May your church be united heart and soul, and held fast by your love. May the faithful be joined in continuous prayer with Mary and all the saints.
Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer,
Father you exalted the Virgin Mary and crowned her queen of heaven; may our departed brothers and sisters enter your kingdom and rejoice with you forever.
Merciful Father, accept our prayers through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen.

Our Father…

(You might like to make the Act of Spiritual Communion now.)

Almighty and everlasting God, who stooped to raise fallen humanity through the child-bearing of blessed Mary; grant that we, who have seen your glory revealed in human nature and your love made perfect in our weakness, may daily be renewed in your image and conformed to the pattern of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Reflection for the Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (16th August)
 
Luke 1 : 39-45.
 
In many ways the early church had a more realistic, and truly christian attitude to death than we do today. The day of the death of a notable Christian, particularly a martyr, was celebrated with great joy as that person’s “heavenly birthday”. So today’s feast, which commemorates the day on which Mary left her earthly life to join her son in heaven is commemorated with joy, thankfulness and love. It is one of the earliest feasts of Mary and kept by christians throughout the world as a celebration of the life of an unique individual chosen by God to bear the Saviour of the world.
 
Mary’s life was a progression of even greater joys towards God. It began in a small country village in Galilee; moving forward under the providence of God, until through suffering, through sacrifice, through immense sorrow God, was reached in joy born of pain. The task she accepted at a young age involved not only great responsibility but also a future full of troubles and distress. “A sword will pierce your own soul”, she was told by Simeon at the presentation of Jesus in the Temple. Yet by God’s grace she maintained her inner joy, calm and peace which arose through a life lived in union with her son
 
Love of Jesus was the spur for all that Mary did. She trusted in him as he had trusted in her. Every manifestation of her son’s work, his words, his actions, his way of life were all treasured up. “Mary kept all these things in her heart”, Saint Luke tells us. Such a union of love and hope and trust can not be spoiled by death. As Jesus broke through the bonds of the grave and again greeted, and touched and fed and guided his disciples into a new life, into a new world, so it was for his beloved mother. And that the union persisted and was never to be broken again we can not doubt either.
 
Today’s feast goes under many names, “The Assumption of Our Lady”, “The Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary”, in the old english calendar, “Our Lady of the Harvest, are but a few. Whatever we call it the feast teaches us that union with Christ in life and in death is the source of all our life, our joy and our peace. As it was for her so we hope one day it will be for us. She is our example and our friend.
 
With the angel then we too say “Hail highly favoured, the Lord is with you” and with Elizabeth we add, “Blessed ate you amongst women  and blessed is the fruit of your womb”………..Jesus who is our life our joy and our peace.