Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary: "all generations will call me blessed"

... the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
-- Lk 1:39-56

"Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death." The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son's Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians:

In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death.
-- CCC 966

Art: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Peter Paul Rubens

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