Our Lady of the Assumption

MARY-AssumptionCelebrated every year on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven, before her body could begin to decay – a foretaste of our own bodily resurrection at the end of time. Because it signifies the Blessed Virgin’s passing into eternal life, it is the most important of all Marian feasts and a Holy Day of Obligation.

The Feast of the Assumption is a very old feast of the Church, celebrated universally by the sixth century. The feast was originally celebrated in the East, where it is known as the Feast of the Dormition (meaning “the falling asleep”).

The earliest printed reference to the belief that Mary’s body was assumed into Heaven dates from the fourth century, in a document entitled “The Falling Asleep of the Holy Mother of God.” The document is written in the voice of the Apostle John, to whom Christ on the Cross had entrusted the care of His mother, and recounts the death, laying in the tomb, and assumption of the Blessed Virgin.

If you are interested in learning more, you may enjoy reading information on the Assumption at American Catholic or EWTN. Or stop by Holy Rosary Church to ask questions and experience the Novena yourself!

 

NOVENA PRAYERS IN HONOR OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY INTO HEAVEN

1. Blessed Virgin, by that joy which you felt at the announcement of your passage from this earth to immortal glory, gain for us also the grace to await death joyfully.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee! Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

2. Most amiable Virgin, who consoled the Apostles who had gathered to mourn your death, sorrowing over such a great loss, deign to console us also in our sorrows, but especially at the hour of our death.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee! Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

3. Immaculate Virgin, whose death was not the result of sin, but of divine love; whose pure spirit broke the ties of all earthly bonds so that it might be free to embrace your Sivine Son, grant us the grace to die with an act of true love for our God on our lips so that we might be united for eternity with him.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee! Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

4. With you we rejoice, O Blessed Virgin, and join with the Angels in singing hymns of praise and glory before your adorable Temple in which the Eternal Word became incarnate. Grant, we beseech you, the grace of remaining pure and chaste until we may be blessed to enjoy our heavenly reward.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee! Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

5. You are blessed, O Admirable Virgin, in the happy resurrection of your body which was adorned with heavenly beauty. Your many sufferings were well rewarded. Help us, dear Mother, to suffer gladly every pain and heartache for the love of Jesus, so that we too many merit our own resurrection and the gift of heavenly blessings.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee! Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.