Thursday, 15 August 2013

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven

 Assumption of the Most Holy Mother of God. Basilica di Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome. Pietro Cavallini. 1296-1300.
Today on this Holy Day of Obligation and Patronal Feast of the Diocese we offer a Spiritual Reflection by Paul VI on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

"The solemnity of August 15 celebrates the glorious Assumption of Mary into heaven. It is a feast of her destiny of fullness and blessedness, of the glorification of her immaculate soul and of her virginal body, of her perfect configuration to the Risen Christ; a feast that sets before the eyes of the Church and of all mankind the image and the consoling proof of the fulfillment of their final hope, namely, that this full glorification is the destiny of all those whom Christ has made His brothers.

[The] devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary…reflects God's redemptive plan, in which a special form of veneration is appropriate to the singular place which Mary occupies in that plan. Indeed "the various forms of devotion towards the Mother of God…have developed in harmonious subordination to the worship of Christ.

The Church's reflection today on the mystery of Christ and on her own nature has led her to find at the root of the former and is a culmination of the latter the same figure of a Woman: the Virgin Mary, the Mother of Christ and the Mother of the Church. And the increased knowledge of Mary's mission has become joyful veneration of her and adoring respect for the wise plan of God, who has placed within His family (the Church), as in every home, the figure of a Woman, who in a hidden manner and in a spirit of service watches over that family "and carefully looks after it until the glorious day of the Lord."

Paul VI, Apostolic Exhortation “Marialis Cultus

Please note all diocesan offices closed today in celebration of this great feast day.
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