The Catechism of the Catholic Church, quoting from Lumen Gentium, says of this mystery: “‘Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death”. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians’.

The Eastern Church sings in the Byzantine Liturgy: ‘In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death’.

On this glorious Solemnity of the Mother of God, we rejoice in our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and give thanks for all she gives us and all she is for us.

May she pray for us, and may her Son bless us all on this great day.