Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This Wednesday, 15th August, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary; a holy day of obligation on which we are asked by Mother Church to attend Mass and abstain from unnecessary work to mark this great mystery of the faith.
St Barnabas Cathedral: 6.30pm (vigil), 7.30am, 1.00pm & 6.30pm
For Mass times in parish churches please check the Diocesan website: www.nottingham-diocese.org.uk
The mystery that we celebrate is that Mary “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” [Munificentissimus Deus]. The feast itself originates from around the time of the Council of Ephesus (431 A.D.) and is a mystery of great hope for Christian people. In this feast Mary, who is both the first disciple and an image of the whole Church, is caught up in the resurrection of Christ to share in the victory he has won over death. The preface to the Eucharistic Prayer on Wednesday will speak of Mary as “the beginning and image of your Church’s coming to perfection;” where Mary has gone we hope to follow and that hope is real because Mary, the first disciple and image of all disciples, has gone before us to share in the life of the world, Jesus Christ.
Come, all who love to keep the feasts,
come, let us form a choir!
Come, let us garland the Church with songs, as the Ark of God goes to her rest!
For today heaven unfolds its bosom
as it receives the Mother of Him Who cannot be contained.
The earth, as it yields up the source of Life, is robed in blessing and majesty.
The hosts of Angels, present with the fellowship of the Apostles,
gaze in great fear at her who bore the Author of life,
now that she is translated from life to life.
Let us all venerate and implore her:
“O Lady, forget not thy ties of kinship
with those who keep in faith the feast of thine all-holy Dormition!”
[From Great Vespers of the Dormition in the Byzantine Rite]