Monday, August 15, 2011

Solemn Feast of the
 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

From the Office of Readings for today's Holy Day:

...Saint Germanus of Constantinople considered that it was in keeping not only with her divine motherhood but also with the unique sanctity of her virginal body that is was incorrupted and carried up to heaven: "In the words of Scripture, you appear in beauty. Your virginal body is entirely holy, entirely chaste, entirely the house of God, so that for this reason also it is henceforth a stranger to decay: a body changed, because a human body, to a preeminent life of incorruptibility, but still a living body, excelling in splendor, a body inviolate and sharing in the perfection of life."
(From the apostolic constitution Munificentissimus Deus by Pope Pius XII)


Almighty God, you gave a humble virgin the privilege of being
the mother of your Son, and crowned her with the glory of
heaven. May the prayers of the Virgin Mary bring us to the
salvation of Christ and raise us up to eternal life. We ask this
through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and
reign with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Peace be with you!

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