The Assumption of Mary

The Assumption of The Virgin Mary

We celebrate Virgin Mary assumed into the heavens by the strength of Our Lord resurrection. Looking at Mary, once again, she tells us “do whatever my Son tells you”. Let’s listen to Lord Jesus through this prayer and to placing in action that which He tell us, just as Your mother always did.

+ In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: Amen

Penitential Act

- (Make in silence a brief examination of your conscience for yesterday)

I ask forgiveness Good Jesus, for all the times that darkness gains terrain on Your light in my life. You are the invincible light. I trust in Your mercy, that You forgive me and illuminate me drawing me away from the darkness of sin in my life.

Today’s Gospel: “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled” (Saint Luke 1:39-56)

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Brief Spiritual Text

Meditate on this reflection given by Pope Benedict:

In the passage of today’s liturgy from St Luke’s Gospel, we read that “in those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah” (Lk 1:39). In those days Mary hastened from Galilee to a little town in the neighbourhood of Jerusalem to go and see her kinswoman Elizabeth. Today we contemplate her going up towards God’s mountain and entering the heavenly Jerusalem, “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Rev 12:1).

Today we are celebrating a great mystery. It is above all a mystery of hope and joy for all of us: in Mary we see the destination for which are bound all who can interpret their life according to the life of Jesus, who are able to follow him as Mary did. This Feast, then, speaks of our future. It tells us that we too shall be beside Jesus in God’s joy and invites us to take heart, to believe that the power of Christ’s Resurrection can also work in us, making us men and women who seek every day to live as risen ones, bringing the light of goodness into the darkness of the evil in the world.

Brief Personal Meditation

(Make silence in your interior and question yourself:)

- What does the Gospel tell me?
- How does it illuminate my life?
- How do I need to change to be more like Jesus?
- What do I lack in my life, to be more like Him?

Thanksgiving and Personal Petitions

Lord Jesus, You are the victory. I give thanks for all that You have done for us and I ask for the intercession of Your mother Mary, who is together with You in heaven. Grant me the strength to welcome Your victory in my life, that it would be for my family and my friends. Might they know of your testimony of light in times of darkness, and to one day be able to be together with You in glory. Amen.

(If you want, you can ask the Lord for your intentions)

- Pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary and one Glory Be

Consecration to Mary

(Finish you prayer by praying to Mary:)

My Lady and my Mother,
I entrust myself entirely to you;
and on this day, as proof of my affection, with filial love,
I dedicate to you all I am and all I have.
Keep me, support me, and defend me, your child.

Amen.

+ In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit: Amen

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