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NOW HELL IS VANQUISHED (HYMN)

NOW HELL IS VANQUISHED (HYMN)

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.

Amen.

 

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

 
 

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“BLESSED INDEED IS MARY” – THOUGHTS ON THE ASSUMPTION

“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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MOST FAIR OF ALL THE VIRGIN HOST (HYMN)

Most fair of all the virgin host!
Enthroned above the starry sky!
Who with your bosom’s milk did feed
Your own Creator Lord most high.

What man had lost in hapless Eve,
Your sacred womb to man restores;
You to the wretched here beneath
Have open’d Heav’n’s eternal doors.

O Lord, to you be lasting praise,
O Jesus, born the Virgin’s Son,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
While everlasting ages run. Amen.

 
 

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“THE ASSUMPTION REMINDS US THAT MARY’S LIFE, LIKE THAT OF EVERY CHRISTIAN, IS A JOURNEY OF FOLLOWING, FOLLOWING JESUS”

“The Assumption reminds us that Mary’s life, like that of every Christian, is a journey of following, following Jesus, a journey that has a very precise destination, a future already marked out: the definitive victory over sin and death and full communion with God, because as Paul says in his Letter to the Ephesians the Father “raised us up with him, and made us sit with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Eph 2:6). This means that with Baptism we have already fundamentally been raised and are seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, but we must physically attain what was previously begun and brought about in Baptism. In us, union with Christ’s resurrection is incomplete, but for the Virgin Mary it is complete, despite the journey that Our Lady also had to make. She has entered into the fullness of union with God, with her Son, she draws us onwards and accompanies us on our journey.”
– Pope Benedict XVI

 
 

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PRAYER ON THE SOLEMNITY OF THE ASSUMPTION

V. The holy Mother of God has been raised up.
R. Beyond the choirs of Angels to the heavenly kingdom.

Wither do you go, O Virgin most prudent, like the morning rising. You are all comely and beautiful, daughter of Sion, fair as the moon, bright as the sun.

Let us pray.
Almighty and everlasting God, you received the immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of your Son, body and soul into the glory of heaven; grant that, with our gaze ever fixed on heavenly things, we may be counted worthy of a share in her eternal glory. Through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 
 

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THE LORD, WHOM EARTH, AND AIR, AND SEA (HYMN)

The Lord, whom earth, and air, and sea,
With one adoring voice resound;
Who rules them all in majesty,
In Mary’s heart a cloister found.

Lo! in a humble Virgin’s womb,
O’ershadowed by Almighty power;
He whom the stars, and sun, and moon,
Each serve in their appointed hour.

O Lord, to you be lasting praise,
O Jesus, born the Virgin’s Son,
With Father and with Holy Ghost,
While everlasting ages run. Amen.

 
 

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THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, GOSPEL READING (LUKE 1:39-56)

THE ALMIGHTY HAS DONE GREAT THINGS FOR ME, HE HAS EXALTED THE LOWLY.

Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, “Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit exults in God my saviour;
because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.
Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed,
for the Almighty has done great things for me.
Holy is his name,
and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.
He has shown the power of his arm,
he has routed the proud of heart.
He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.
He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy
– according to the promise he made to our ancestors –
of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.”

Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home.

V. The Gospel of the Lord.
R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 
 

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