• The Solemn Celebration of the Assumption of Mary

    Posted on 2023-08-15 by Atlante Avila
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    The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven is one of the most profound mysteries of the Catholic Church. Every year, on August 15th, we commemorate the moment when Mary, having completed her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into Heavenly glory. This is not merely a day of remembrance, but a day of joy, hope, and spiritual reflection.

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    The Assumption signifies the honor bestowed upon Mary, the Mother of God, recognizing her purity and the pivotal role she played in salvation history. As the Church’s Dogma proclaims, Mary’s assumption is a testament to the resurrection of the Lord and gives hope to all believers of their own resurrection.

    The Significance of the Assumption

    The Assumption of Mary is the Church’s confident proclamation that God has chosen Mary, free from original sin from the moment of her conception, to share fully in the resurrected life of her Son. It is a testament to her unwavering faith and complete surrender to the Divine Will.

    How Catholics Can Celebrate the Assumption:

    1. Attend the Holy Mass: The most profound way Catholics can honor the Assumption is by participating in the Eucharistic celebration. The Holy Mass on this day is filled with readings and hymns that focus on Mary’s journey and her Assumption.
    2. Pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary: The Rosary, especially the Glorious Mysteries, allows us to meditate on key events in Mary’s life and the life of Jesus. The fourth Glorious Mystery, in particular, contemplates the Assumption of Mary.
    3. Dedicate Acts of Service: In honor of Mary, who dedicated her life to service and obedience to God’s will, you can offer acts of service to those in need. This could be through charity, helping a neighbor, or volunteering.
    4. Fast and Offer Sacrifices: Dedicate this day to fasting or giving up a particular pleasure as a symbol of purification and spiritual alignment, much like Mary’s pure heart.
    5. Decorate with Blue and White: These colors traditionally represent the Blessed Virgin Mary. Decorating your home or altar space with blue and white, or even lighting candles in these colors, can be a beautiful way to honor the Assumption.
    6. Read Scripture: Dive deep into the Bible, especially passages like the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) where Mary proclaims her song of praise.
    7. Join a Marian Procession: In many parts of the world, Catholics mark the Assumption with processions in honor of Mary. Participating in or organizing one in your community can be a powerful expression of faith.
    8. Consecration to Mary: If you haven’t already, consider making a Marian consecration, dedicating yourself to Jesus through Mary. St. Louis de Montfort’s “True Devotion to Mary” is a profound guide for this.
    9. Listen to or Sing Marian Hymns: Music has always been a bridge to the Divine. Hymns dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, like “Ave Maria,” can lift the spirit and honor her on this special day.
    10. Educate and Share: Take this opportunity to teach children or those unfamiliar with the Assumption about its significance. Share the joy and hope that this day brings to all believers.

    In celebrating the Assumption of Mary, we not only honor the Blessed Mother but also reflect on our own journey of faith, remembering that our ultimate goal is to be united with God in Heaven. Through Mary’s Assumption, we are given a glimpse of the promises God has made to all who love and serve Him. On this day, let our hearts echo Mary’s own words: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”

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