Dear friends in Christ,
This Thursday, August 15, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation in the universal Church. There are actually two additional feast days of Our Lady that are celebrated as solemnities in the Church, namely, the Solemnities of Holy Mary Mother of God and the Immaculate Conception.
The Solemnity of Holy Mary Mother of God celebrates the fact that Mary is the Mother of Jesus Christ who is true God and true Man; the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the fact that Mary was conceived without original sin; and the Solemnity of the Assumption celebrates the fact that, when the course of her earthly life was finished, she was assumed body and soul into heaven, from where she continually intercedes on our behalf. Taken together, these feast days highlight the singularly unique role of Mary in salvation history.
For us as followers of Christ, the liturgical celebration of Our Lady’s Assumption is an invitation for us to reflect upon the fact that, as long as we remain faithful to Christ in this life, we are undoubtedly assured eternal life with Him. As the Preface of the Mass of the day tells us, “For today the Virgin Mother of God was assumed into heaven as the beginning and image of your Church’s coming to perfection and a sign of sure hope and comfort to your pilgrim people….”
May Our Lady intercede for us all, that we too one day will be brought to the glory of the Resurrection.