Sunday 15 August 2010

Devotions for the Assumption of Our Lady

To celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Our Blessed Lady, here are four antiphons from the Divine Office for the day:

Assumpta est Maria in coelum: gaudent Angeli, laudantes benedicunt Dominum.
Mary has been assumed into heaven: the Angels rejoice, and with praises they bless the Lord.

Maria Virgo assumpta est ad aethereum thalamum, in quo Rex regum stellato sedet solio.
The Virgin Mary has been assumed unto the heavenly chamber, where the King of kings sits on His starry throne.

Virgo prudentissima, quo progrederis, quasi aurora valde rutilans? Filia Sion, tota formosa et suavis es: pulchra ut luna, electa ut sol.
Virgin most prudent, where do you go, like the rosy dawn? Daughter of Sion, you are all beautiful and sweet: fair as the moon, chosen as the sun.

Hodie Maria Virgo coelos ascendit: gaudete, quia cum Christo regnat in aeternum.
This day the Virgin Mary ascended into heaven: rejoice, for she reigns for ever with Christ.

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