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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Double of the First Class Major Feast
         White Vestments

        Editor's Note: All Scriptural Readings are taken from the Douay-Rheims version of the Latin Vulgate Bible. The preface commentaries are a combination of thoughts from various sources. Red type indicates Our Lord's direct words in Holy Scripture. Italicized Maroon type indicates Latin with priests' refrain and server's response in bold..

        M ary lived, cared for by St. John, for twelve years after Our Lord's Resurrection. Her life was spent in helping the Apostles and in praying for the conversion of the world.
          On the third day after Mary's death - or dormition - when the Apostles gathered around her tomb, they found it empty. The sacrd body had been carrid up to the celestial paradise. Jesus Himself came to conduct her thither: the whole court of Heaven came to welcome with songs of triumph th Mother of the Divine Word.
          Why was Mary's body received into Heaven instead of remaining in the earth like the rest of mankind? The grave had no power over one who was Immaculate. Her flesh could not see corruption. Her body had been overshadowed by the Holy Ghost: it had been the sacred temple in which had dwelt God Incarnate, and so this Ark of the Covenant had a claim to ascend whhither the Body of her Divine Son had already gone before.
          The chief reason was that as she had shared in each detail in th esorrows and agony of her Son, so it was only right and proper that she should take part in His triumph. Let us ask of God, through Mary's intercession, the grace of a happy death.

    Source: Marian Missal and St. Andrew Daily Missal and 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia


      [Apocalypse 12: 1] Signum magnum apparuit in Coelo A great sign appeared in Heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. ((Psalm 97: 1)). Sing ye to the Lord a new canticle: because He hath done wonderful things. Glory be to the Father...A great sign appeared in Heaven...
Kyrie... and Gloria

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.

      Almighty and Eternal God, who hast assumed the body and soul of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Thy Son, to celestial glory: grant, we beseech Thee, that always minded toward heavenly things, we may be sharers in the same glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who livest and reignest with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

      (Judith 14. 22-25; 15:10) The Lord hath blessed thee by His power, because by thee He hath brought our enemies to nought. Blessed art thou, O daughter, by the Lord the most high God, above all women upon the earth. Blessed be the Lord who made heaven and earth, who hath directed thee to the cutting off the head of the prince of our enemies. Because he hath so magnified thy name this day, that thy praise shall not depart out of the mouth of men who shall be mindful of the power of the Lord for ever, for that thou hast not spared thy life, by reason of the distress and tribulation of thy people, but hast prevented our ruin in the presence of our God. Thou art the glory of Jerusalem, thou art the joy of Israel, thou art the honor of our people.

Deo Gratias.

     [Psalm 44: 11-12, 14] Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline thy ear. And the king shall greatly desire thy beauty. V. All the glory of the king's daughter is within in golden borders. Alleluia, alleluia. V. (Psalm 87: 2] Mary is taken up into Heaven: the host of Angels rejoice. Alleluia.

Sequentia sancti Evangelii secundum N...
Gloria tibi, Domine.

      (Luke 1: 41-50) At that time: Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost, and she cried out wiht a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed art thou that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken to thee by the Lord. And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. Because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Because He that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is His Name. And His mercy is from generation unto generation, to them that fear Him.
Laus tibi, Christe.

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.

     (Genesis 2: 15a) ) I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed.

      May the offering of our devotion ascend to Thee, O Lord, and through the intercession of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, assumed into heaven, may our hearts inflamed with the fire of love aspire to Thee for ever. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Who livest and reignest with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, one God... Per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.


    Dominus Vobiscum.
    Et cum spiritu tuo.
    Sursum Corda
    Habemus ad Dominum
    Gratias agamus Domino Deo nostro.
    Dignum et justum est.
Vere dignum et justum est, aequum et salutare, nos tibi semper, et ubique gratias agere: Domine sancte, Pater omnipotens, aeterne Deus. Et te in Assumptione beatae Mariae semper Virginis collaudare, benedicere, et praedicare. Quae et Unigenitum tuum Sancti Spiritus obumbratione concepit: et virginitatis gloria permanente, lumen aeternum mundo effudit, Jesum Christum Dominum nostrum. Per quem majestatem tuam laudant Angeli, adorant Dominationes, tremunt Potestates. Coeli, coelorumque Virtutes, ac beata Seraphim, socia exsultatione concelebrant. Cum quibus et nostras voces, ut admitti jubeas deprecamur, supplici confessione dicentes:


It it truly meet and just, right and for our salvation, that we should at all times, and in all places, give thanks unto Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, everlasting God: and that we should praise and bless, and proclaim Thee, in the Assumption of the Blessed Mary, ever-Virgin: Who also conceived Thine only-begotten Son by the overshadowing of the Holy Ghost, and the glory of her virginity still abiding, gave forth to the world the everlasting Light, Jesus Christ our Lord. Through whom the Angels praise Thy Majesty, the Dominations worship it, and the Powers stand in awe. The Heavens and the heavenly hosts together with the blessed Seraphim in triumphant chorus unite to celebrate it. Together with these we entreat Thee that Thou mayest bid our voices also to be admitted while we say with lowly praise: HOLY, HOLY, HOLY...

     (Luke 1: 48-49 ) All generations shall call me blessed, because He that is mighty hath done great things to me.

Dominus Vobiscum.
Et cum spiritu tuo.

      Having received, O Lord, Thy most saving sacraments, grant, we beseech Thee, that through the intercession and merits of the Blessed Virgin Mary, assumed into heaven, we may persevere to the glory of the resurrection. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in unity with the Holy Ghost, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

For the Prayers at the End of the Low Mass, see Leonine Prayers


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