Prayer of the Day

Feast of The Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary

August 15th, 2016
"Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb." Luke 1 : 42
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In the early church only the feast of the Lord’s day was observed every Sunday.  Like theology the liturgy took time to develop.  Gradually Mary’s role in salvation history began to be recognised.  At the Council of Ephesus 431 it was defined as a doctrine of faith that Mary is Theotokos (Mother of God).  This definition stimulated devotion to Mary and celebrations in her honour in the liturgy.  The oldest feast of Mary had its origin in the Eastern Church.  It combined her motherhood and her Dormition (Falling Asleep).  The latter became the feast of the Assumption in the west.  Mary was not just the physical mother of Jesus, she was his first disciple and the model for all disciples.  She listened to the word of God given to her by the Angel and she said “yes” to that word and allowed it to transform her life.  After the visit of the Angel she set out immediately to visit and take care of her cousin, Elizabeth.  The journey was long and arduous. Inspired by the Holy Spirit Elizabeth greeted Mary as the most blessed among women because God had chosen her, because of the fruit of her womb, and because of her faith.  Mary’s response was to sing God’s praises in the famous Magnificat.  Today with Mary we glorify the Lord because God has done great things for her and for each one of us.

 

Prayer

Mary, our mother, take us by the hand and walk with us in the footsteps of Jesus. Amen