Who is she that ascends so high,
Next the Heavenly King,
Round about whom Angels fly
And her praises sing?
Who is she that, adorned with light,
Makes the sun her robe,
At whose feet the queen of night
Lays her changing globe?
To the crown direct their eyes,
Which her head attires;
There thou mayest her name descry
Writ in starry fires.
This is she in whose pure womb
Heaven’s Prince remained;
Therefore in no earthly tomb
Can she be contained.
Heaven she was, which held that fire,
Whence the world took light,
And to Heaven doth now aspire
Flames with flames t’ unite.
She that did so clearly shine
When our day begun,
See how bright her beams decline
Now she sits with the Sun.
-Sir John Beaumont (1583-1627)
The veneration of Mary is an essential belief of the Catholic Church.
Mary’s passage into Heaven is celebrated by Roman Catholics as The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15. This Feast is a Public Holiday in many countries. In 1950, Pope Pius XII formally declared to be dogma the belief in the corporeal assumption of Mary, which is known as the Assumption of Mary.
“Scripture and tradition agree in ascribing to Mary the greatest personal sanctity; She is conceived without the stain of original sin; She shows the greatest humility and patience in her daily life (Luke 1:38, 48); She exhibits an heroic patience under the most trying circumstances (Luke 2:7, 35, 48; John 19:25-27)… within the first fifty years after the death of St. John the veneration of Mary is proved to have flourished in the Church of Rome. ”
I found this lovely painting of Mother Mary through Pinterest. I thought it captured Mary’s humility as well as her simple beauty perfectly.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit if thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Thanksgiving for Mary, Our Mother
O Jesus, Divine Master, I thank and bless Your most merciful Heart, for having given us Mary most holy as our mother, teacher and queen. From the cross You placed us all in her hands. You gave her a great heart, much wisdom and immense spiritual power. May all humanity know her and pray to her! May all permit themselves to be led by her to you, the Savior of all the world! I place myself in her hands, as You did. With this Mother I wish to live now, in the hour of my death, and for all eternity.
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