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Embracing Faith Through Prayer – The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

By Maria Bohan, Interim Communications Manager

This week’s “Embracing Faith” article will focus on Embracing Faith through Prayer.

Embracing Faith Through Prayer

“In trial or difficulty I have recourse to Mother Mary, whose glance alone is enough to dissipate every fear.” -St. Therese de Lisieux

On Monday, August 15, we commemorated the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, when God took Mary, body and soul, into Heaven.

Belief in the Assumption dates back as early as the fifth century AD, when, in response to a Roman emperor’s request for Mary’s body, St. Juvenal maintained that her tomb was empty.

Some cultures celebrate by throwing coins from windows to the street, lighting bonfires, or by tending to a Mary garden.

Although the special day for commemorating this miraculous event has passed, we can celebrate the life of the Blessed Mother any day of the year.

St. Thomas Aquinas composed the following prayer to honor the Blessed Mother. Today, let us pray:

O most blessed and most sweet

Virgin Mary full of mercy, to thy compassion I recommend my soul and body, my thoughts, actions, life and death. O my Lady, help and strengthen me against the snares of the devil; obtain me true and perfect love with which to love thy most beloved Son and my Lord Jesus Christ with my whole heart, and after Him to love thee above all things. My Queen and Mother, by thy most powerful intercession, grant that I may persevere in this love until death and after death be conducted by thee to the kingdom of the blessed.

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