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LORD, GRANT ME THE GRACE TO LOVE YOU AS OUR LADY DESIRE

Luke 1:46-48

Mary's Song of Praise

46 And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord.

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

 

 
The last time the Scriptures speak of Mary in her earthly life is when we see her in the midst of the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost. The next time any allusion is made to her, it is when St. John sees her in his great vision of the Apocalypse (Rev 11:19 – 12:1). It is especially fitting that Our Lord would grant for St. John to behold her in this way, since it was he who had been given the charge of caring for her following Our Lord’s death on the Cross (Jn 19:26-27). 

According to tradition, St. John and Mary remained at Jerusalem for some time. But remaining in Jerusalem would not be safe especially as the persecution of Christians intensified and the Jewish religious leaders tried to take out the most prominent people within the Christian community (e.g. Acts 8:1; 9:1-2; 23:12). St. John then moved with Our Lady to Ephesus to ensure her safety – and it was probably for the same reason that the authors of the New Testament remained silent on her whereabouts. Given their track record, if the Jewish religious leaders knew where Mary was, they would not have rested until they had found and either imprisoned or killed her.
So, according to Tradition, the Blessed Virgin remained in Ephesus until she died a natural death in the presence of the Apostles. When the Apostles later came to visit her tomb they found that it was empty; and so it has been held as Apostolic Tradition ever since that she was assumed, body and soul, into heaven by the Lord. In affirmation of this, St. John records the vision of her in heaven, the New Ark of the Covenant.
What relevance does the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin hold for us? Why is it important? Mary is a “type” of the Church – not only in her example of holiness and obedience, but also in all that happens to her. By assuming her up into heaven, God gave Mary as a sign to us that if we walk in humility and obedience as she did, then we can be sure in the hope that we too will share the Beatific Vision with Our Blessed Mother.
So, as we meditate on this Mystery, may we ask Mary to point us to Christ; and to show us, by her example, how to walk in humble obedience to His will.
Our Father......

1.  The Lord God said to the serpent:  "I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your 
offspring and hers."  (Gn. 3:15)  - Hail Mary...

2.  "He will strike at your head, while you strike at his heel." (Gn. 3:15)  - Hail Mary...

3.  A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her 
head a crown of twelve stars.  (Rv. 12:1)  - Hail Mary...

4.  "Father, all those you gave me, I would have in my company where I am."  (Jn. 17:24)  -
 Hail Mary...

5.  Wherefore she is our mother in the order of grace.  (Vt. II, Constit. on Ch. 61)  - Hail Mary...

6.  Taken up to heaven, she did not lay aside this salvific duty, but by her intercession continues to bring us the 
gifts of eternal salvation.  (Vac. II, Constit. of Ch. 62)  - Hail Mary...

7.  "For he has looked upon his servant in her lowliness."  (Lk. 1:48)  - Hail Mary...

8.  "All ages to come shall call me blessed."  (Lk. 1:48)  - Hail Mary...

9.  "Those who love me I also love, and those who seek me find me... For he who finds me finds life, and wins 
favor from the Lord."  (Prov. 8:17-35)  - Hail Mary...

10.  Come then my love.  My lovely one come.  (Song 2:10)  - Hail Mary...


Glory be to the Father...

O My Jesus, forgive us our sins...
   


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