The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Year A, 16th August 2020

‘Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.’

The glorious taking up of Mary into heaven, though not mentioned in Scripture, has been celebrated since the sixth century and is now part of recognised Roman Catholic doctrine. The feast of the Assumption is celebrated in mid August in the Catholic church, and some other denominations also keep this day as a special Feast of the Virgin Mary.

The readings for today’s celebration are all triumphant in tone.

In the First Reading, a woman, in whom we can see either Mary or the Early Church, defeats the evil dragon with the help of God, bringing the Messiah safely to birth.

Verses from Psalm 44 (45), originally part of a wedding song for a king, are also applied to Mary in today’s liturgy. She takes her place, in triumph, in the palace of the King, her Son.

In the Second Reading, Paul tells the Corinthians that Christ, raised from the dead, has put all his enemies under his feet, including death. In today’s feast we celebrate the fact that Mary, mother of Jesus, also enjoys the fruits of the Resurrection.

The Gospel recounts Mary’s visit to Elizabeth, where she voices her triumphant hymn of praise, the Magnificat, as she proclaims: ‘The Almighty has done great things for me.’

This week, like Mary, we might also wish to praise the Lord for the great things he has done for us, and for the people around us.

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Feast of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sunday 14th August, 2016

England and Wales celebrate Sunday 14th August as the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus

In 1950, Pope Pius XII exercising papal infallibility, declared in Munificentissimus Deus ‘that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory’.  Mary’s Assumption had been regularly kept by many Christians since the 6th Century, but by his announcement the Pope made it a dogma of the Church.

The readings for today’s feast are triumphant.

In the First Reading, a woman, in whom we can see Mary or the Early Church, defeats the evil dragon with the help of God, bringing the Messiah safely to birth .

The Psalm verses, originally part of a wedding song for a king, are applied to Mary as she takes her place, in triumph, in the Palace of the King, her Son.

Paul tells the Corinthians in the Second Reading that Christ, raised from the dead, has put all his enemies under his feet, including death.  In today’s feast we celebrate the fact that his mother also enjoys the fruits of the Resurrection.

The Gospel recounts Mary’s visit to Elizabeth and her triumphant hymn of praise, the Magnificat: The Almighty has done great things for her.

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