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The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

4th Glorious Mystery of the Rosary

Scriptural Rosary      

Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, adorned with the sun, standing on the moon, and with twelve stars on her head for a crown. (Ap 12, 1)

Meditation: Let us joyfully behold the Virgin Mary in the splendour of her glorious body carried to heaven. Is not Mary worthy of all veneration because of what God did for her? In her Son's kingdom, Mary continues to fulfill her role of mothering all God's children. She is the lighthouse which never ceases to guide her children toward the shores of eternity.

Eternal Father, we praise and glorify you for your perfect daughter Mary, and for all the graces and privileges you bestowed on her.
Mary, my Mother, as your little child, sit me on your lap and embrace me with your arms as I tell you "I love you".

Our Father ... Hail Mary (x10) ... Glory be ... O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell and lead all souls to heaven especially those who have most need of thy mercy.

L'Assunzione di Maria al Cielo      
Quarto Mistero Glorioso del Santo Rosario

La Asunción de María al Cielo      
Cuarto Misterio Glorioso del Santo Rosario

L'Assomption de Marie au Ciel      
Quatrième Mystère Glorieux du Saint Rosaire avec Fr Charles Marie CSJ

Fourth Glorious Mystery of the Holy Rosary with Br Charles      

with Westminster Cathedral Rosary Group      

The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven - So as we contemplate now Our Mother's assumption into heaven, we invite you Mary to place your mantle of protection over each one of us and all those who are dear to us. We particularly remember all the children of our parish and with great trust we present to you, our Mother Mary, all our special intentions, confident that if they accord with Our Father's will, they will be granted. We pray especially for graces of healing and gifts of faith for ourselves, those we love, those we find difficult and for all our parish family.

And a great sign appeared in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.

St John Paul II's homily at WYD Denver 1993      
Cherry Creek State Park, Denver, Sunday 15th August

"At her Assumption, Mary was "taken up to Life" – body and soul. She is already a part of "the first fruits" (1 Cor 15, 20) of our Saviour’s redemptive death and resurrection. The Son took his human life from her; in return He gave her the fullness of communion in divine life. She is the only other being in whom the mystery has already been completely accomplished. In Mary the final victory of Life over death is already a reality. And, as the Second Vatican Council teaches: "In the most holy Virgin the Church has already reached the perfection whereby she exists without spot or wrinkle" (Lumen Gentium, 65). In and through the Church we too have hope of "an inheritance which is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for us" (cf 1 Pet 1, 4).

Catechesis with Pope St John Paul II

The Assumption of Mary, a truth of faith      

"So it was that in May 1946 with the encyclical Deiparae Virginis Mariae Pius XII initiated a broad consultation, questioning the Bishops and, through them, the clergy and the people of God, about the possibility and opportunity of defining the bodily assumption of Mary as a dogma of faith. The feedback was widely positive: only six responses out of 1181 showed any reservations about the revealed character of this truth.

Citing this data, the Bull Munificentissimus Deus affirms: "The universal consensus of the Church's ordinary Magisterium provides a certain and solid argument to prove that the bodily Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven ... is a truth revealed by God, and should thus be firmly and faithfully believed by all the children of the Church". The definition of the dogma, in the wake of the universal faith of the people of God, definitively excludes every doubt and postulates the express adherence of all Christians. After having underlined the Church’s actual faith in the Assumption, the Bull recalls the scriptural basis for this truth.

The New Testament, while not explictly affirming the Assumption of Mary, offers a foundation because it strongly emphasizes the perfect union of the Holy Virgin with the destiny of Jesus. This union, which is manifested from the prodigious conception of the Saviour, with the participation of the Mother in the mission of the Son and, above all, in her association with his redemptive sacrifice, cannot fail to demand a continuation after death. Perfectly united to the life and salvific work of Jesus, Mary shares in his heavenly destiny in soul and body."
(2 Jul 1997)

The Assumption in the tradition of the Church      

"Looking at the mystery of the Virgin's Assumption it is possible to understand the plan of divine Providence relative to humanity: after Christ, the Verb Incarnate, Mary is the human creature who realises first the eschatological ideal, anticipating the fullness of happiness, promised to the elect through the resurrection of bodies.

In the Assumption of the Virgin we can also see the divine will to promote woman. By analogy to that which happened at the origin of the human race and of the history of salvation, in God’s project the eschatological ideal was to be revealed not in an individual, but in a couple. Thus in heavenly glory, beside Christ risen, there is a woman raised up, Mary: the new Adam and the new Eve, the first-fruits of the general resurrection of the bodies of all humanity.

The eschatological condition of Christ and that of Mary certainly should not be placed on the same level. Mary, the new Eve, received from Christ, the new Adam, the fullness of grace and of heavenly glory, having been raised up through the Holy Spirit by the sovereign power of the Son.

Although succinct, these notes allow us to shine light on the fact that the Assumption of Mary reveals the nobility and dignity of the human body. Faced with the profanation and debasement to which modern society frequently subjects, in particular, the female body, the mystery of the Assumption proclaims the supernatural destiny and dignity of every human body, called by the Lord to become an instrument of holiness and to participate in his glory."
(9 Jul 1997)

3 2us by Fr Iain Matthew OCD      

"Mary's assumption into heaven, as well as speaking of her littleness, also speaks of humanity's greatness. St John of the Cross has a phrase that God rejects nothing that is human, nor excludes anything human from this love: to love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind. Everything human, soul and body, is fit for the glory of God. And Mary's assumption, soul and body, is a declaration that we - spirit, mind, heart, and body, this body that is so easily idolised or mistreated or kicked around in our world, is meant for glory, is sacred, is good. To be assumed into heaven means to be taken into the fullness of love.'

3 2us by Fr William Pearsall SJ      

"From the village girl of Nazareth to this wonderful Queen of Heaven, this is the story of the hidden glory of God and of the divine in all of his children, made real of course in this one perfect example held up to us. So this is a celebration not only of Mary, the one we love so dearly, but also of the whole of the Christian Church and, for that reason, very often the theology of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be linked directly to the theology of the Church, that is ecclesiology, our understanding of the Church, because what the Church says about Mary is what the Church proclaims about the work of redemption."

Loretta, from New Zealand      

"For me Mary is absolute warmth .. I consider her a real true friend. In dark times she always seems to be appearing there in the light behind my eyes."

The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary: the Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, Presentation of Jesus & Finding of Jesus in the Temple.

The Luminous Mysteries: the Baptism of Jesus, Wedding at Cana, Proclamation of the Kingdom of God, Transfiguration & Institution of the Eucharist.

The Sorrowful Mysteries: the Agony in the Garden, Scourging at the Pillar, Crowning with thorns, Carrying of the Cross & Crucifixion.

The Glorious Mysteries: the Resurrection, Ascension, Pentecost, Assumption of Mary & Coronation of Mary.

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