Newsletter 15th August 2021 – The Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary
This Sunday is truly a special occasion for all of us, as not only that we celebrate the Sunday of the Lord, but by coincidence on this fifteenth day of August, as is every year, we also celebrate the great Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which marks the moment when Mary, the Holy Mother of God was ‘assumed’ into the glory of Heaven, body and soul, and therefore, did not suffer fully the embrace of death, by the unique singular grace of God, her Son, Our Lord and Saviour.
The Assumption is not equivalent to the Ascension of the Lord. The Ascension of the Lord refers to how the Lord Jesus ascended by His own power and might, to sit on His Throne in Heaven, returning from where He had come from, and to prepare the place for us all, the faithful people of God. Meanwhile, the Assumption refers to the moment when Mary, by the grace and the power of God, was taken up into Heaven, not on her own accord. Mary was chosen by God to be the special Vessel and to be the New Ark, of the New Covenant between God and all of us. As such, she was given the special grace of being conceived without the taint of original sin. The Immaculate Conception, as the pure and immaculate vessel, conceived and then born without sin, free from its influences unlike that of any other human beings, save that of her own Son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Saviour.
May the Lord bless us all and remain with us throughout this journey of life, and may His blessed mother, Mary, who has been assumed, body and soul, into the glory of Heaven, continue to intercede for us sinners, and be our constant source of strength and inspiration in how we live our lives as Christians from now on. Holy Mary, Mother of God, assumed into Heaven, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
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