AUGUST NOTES ON THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY IN REVELATIONS

 

Amidst that wondrous commotion in heaven, where Michael and his angels are arrayed against Satan and his angels, the blessed Mother of God stands radiant in divine light, with the Son of God incarnate in her womb. She is the central figure about which these great events take their rise. Satan wars against her and seeks to devour her Son. Her Son is born and sits on the throne of God, and Satan is cast out of heaven to continue his war upon the earth. In this description, while Satan is the figure of Antichrist, the Blessed Virgin is the figure of the Church, for as Mary bore Christ, so the Church bears Christ in the bringing forth of His members. “And the temple of God was opened in heaven; and the ark of His testament was seen in the temple, and there were lightening and voices, and an earthquake, and great hail.” St. John, in Revelations, carries us to the holy of holies, to the highest heaven. Jesus is the testament, and Mary the ark of the testament. She is thus designated by the Fathers, as in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin she is called the ark of the covenant. St. John Damascene calls her the animated ark of the living God. Lightenings and earthquakes are the tokens of God's power and irresistible Will. “And a great sign appeared in heaven.” (Apocalypse 12:1) What sign is this? Isaiah says: “The Lord Himself shall give you a sign. Behold a Virgin shall conceive and bring forth a Son.” (Isaiah 7:14) And this Virgin is the sign which St. John beholds, but he beholds her confronted to Satan in the very hour of his perdition. For who is this sign? “A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon beneath her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. And she, being with child, cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered.” (Apocalypse 12) The woman, so resplendent in her glory, is and can only be but the blessed Mother of God, for her Child is no sooner born than He sits on the throne of God. But the cries and pains are those of the Church which is in labour with her children. “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, that there they should feed her a thousand two hundred and sixty days.” (Apocalypse 12) Satan inspired Herod to seek the death of the Child, and Mary saved Him by her flight into Egypt, and the Church is dispersed, and her children take flight to the deserts in the great persecution. In both the earthly and heavenly combat Satan stands confronted in his enmity against the Mother of our Lord. “And the dragon was angry with the woman, and went to make war with the rest of her seed.” (Apocalypse 12) The rest of her seed are the members of her Son, who are the true children of Abraham, all “heirs indeed of God and joint-heirs with Christ.” (Romans). And here there comes out into most clear expression that enmity between the Mother of God and Satan, which began in heaven, where her Office was first revealed, and has ever since been continued on earth.

{The Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God: Most Revd. William Ullathorne}

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Bishop Anthony writes: The Assumption of our Blessed Lady, body and soul into heavenly glory, is not a matter of “hooray, up she rises!” The Assumption is indeed explained in the Book of Revelation. It is a mystery which lies deeply and totally in the loving Heart of God Himself. Before Mary said “Yes” to Gabriel, God already knew that she would consent to be the Mother of His Son, because she had been prepared for this role from all eternity. Because Mary brought God Himself into the world, and because she stood in mental anguish at the foot of the Cross, she is in a true sense the Co-Redemptrix.

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Let us pray: O God, Whose pleasure it was to choose Blessed Mary's virgin womb for Thy dwelling place: grant, we pray, that under the strong shield of her protection, we may joyfully partake in the festival of her most glorious Assumption. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

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And a Passing Thought

When we dedicate ourselves to Mary, we become instruments in her hands, just as she is an instrument in God's hands. Let us then be guided by her, for she will provide for the needs of body and soul, and overcome all difficulties and anxieties. {St. Maximilian Kolbe}

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PRAISE AND GLORY BE UNTO THEE: O MOST SACRED VIRGIN!

PRAY FOR US, O HOLY VIRGIN MARY: ASSUMED BODY AND SOUL INTO HEAVEN!

IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY: BE OUR SALVATION!

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LOUDER STILL, AND LOUDER: PRAISE THE PRECIOUS BLOOD!

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Go to Mary and sing her praises, and you will be enlightened. For it is through her that the true Light shines upon the sea of this earthly life! {St. Ildephonsus of Toledo}

 

 

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