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Now hell is vanquished; every chain

Of sin is broken; Christ again

Returning, victor over death,

The gates of heaven openeth.


We mortals saw Him, till He passed

Into the heavens, where at last,

Partaker of God’s glory bright,

He sitteth on the Father’s right.


From thence He sheds the promised boon,

The Holy Spirit, on his own

In fiery tongues of love, o’erspread

Above each sad disciple’s head.


The Virgin, from the flesh set free,

Is borne beyond the stars; where she

Receives from heaven’s joyous throngs

The welcome of angelic throngs.


Twice six the stars that crown her brow;

The gracious Mother reigneth now

Beside her Son’s eternal throne

O’er all creation as her own.


All honour, laud, and glory be,

O Jesu, Virgin-born to thee;

All glory, as is ever meet,

To Father and to Paraclete.



– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964


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“Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Today’s Solemnity celebrates the truth that the Blessed Virgin Mary, when she had completed her life here on earth, was in body and soul assumed into heaven. This solemnity has been celebrated in the Church since the seventh century and this truth was defined as an article of faith in 1950.

St Bernard of Clairvaux wrote of today, ‘We in our exile have sent on ahead of us our advocate who, as mother of our Judge and mother of mercy, will humbly and effectively look after everything that concerns our salvation. Today earth has sent a priceless gift up to heaven, so that by giving and receiving within the blessed bond of friendship, the human is wedded to the divine, earth to heaven, the depths to the heights… Blessed indeed is Mary, blessed in many ways, both in receiving the Saviour, and in being received by the Saviour.’

A French mystic writer of the seventeenth century wrote, ‘There is nothing more wonderful than this life of Jesus and Mary; the holy life that he pours continuously into her, the divine life with which he animates her, loving and praising and adoring God his Father in her, giving a worthy supplement to her heart wherein he abounds with pleasure.’

We are reminded so often that Jesus loves it when people give honour to His Mother. Today we continue our prayers to Mary and honour her in the great privilege that has been afforded her today. We can make our own the opening prayer of today’s Mass:

‘Almighty ever-living God,

who assumed the Immaculate Virgin Mary,

the Mother of your Son,

body and soul into heavenly glory,

grant we pray,

that, always attentive to the things that are above,

we may merit to be sharers of her glory.'”

– From: Spiritual Thought from Fr Chris/2015


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