Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Feast of the Assumption

The Feast of the Assumption has always been loved dearly by the faithful who are children of Mary. It is a sign to us that someday, through God's grace and our efforts, we too may join the Blessed Mother in giving glory to God. The Assumption is a source of great hope for us, too, for it points the way for all followers of Christ who imitate her fidelity and obedience to God's will. Where she now is, we are meant eventually to be, and may hope to be through Divine grace. Mary's being taken to heaven after her life on earth was ended is the logical outcome of her immaculate nature, uniquely protected -- also by God's grace -- from personal sin. We seek to imitate her self-sacrificing love, her indestructible faith and her perfect obedience.

There is an important difference, of course, between the
ascension of Jesus into Heaven after His Resurrection, and the assumption of Mary. To ascend is to rise up under one's own power; while to be assumed means something that is done to one. Jesus, being the Second Person of the Trinity, had no need of assistance; whereas Mary did not have this power. (A pastor once demonstrated this difference in an unusual way. He asked two children to come to the front of the church. He told one child to walk from one side of the sanctuary to the other; and the other child he carried across.)

You can find prayers and special devotions for the Assumption
here. You can also read suggested family activities here.

Credit: Women for Faith and Family

1 comment:

Life in Fitzville said...

Thanks for this. Mary has always had a special place in my heart, and a big place in my prayer life. Some incredible things happened during our journey to get Pipo here, and I have complete faith due to my many prayers to Mary. Not to write out the whole long story, but after a scary time, he finally was issued a passport on Dec. 8th, the day of the Immaculate conception.

So thanks... it's a special day i this house.