August 13, 2013

Liturgical Guide: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The Catechism of the Catholic Church (974) states that the "Most Blessed Virgin Mary, when the course of her earthly life was completed, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven, where she already shares in the glory of her Son's Resurrection, anticipating the resurrection of all members of his Body." In the following video, Dr. Scott Hahn of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology explains the Assumption by use of typology, that is: the prefigurement of people or events in the Old Testament that foreshadow or point to their fulfilment and perfection in the New Testament. The same way that St. Paul can speak of Adam as a 'type' of Christ (Rom. 5:14) or St. Peter can refer to the Flood as a 'prefigurement' of Baptism (1 Pet. 3:21), so too can we see Mary as the 'anti-type' of women such as Eve or Bathsheba. The hymns selected from the Divine Office for use on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary reflect her maternal role as Mother of the Church and as Queen Mother.

Hail, Holy Queen
Joy to You 
Mary, Crowned with Living Light 
Mary the Dawn
Mother of Holy Hope
O Raise Your Eyes on High and See 
Praise to Mary, Heaven's Gate

The Ark Which God Has Sanctified
Who is She Ascends So High?

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