Wednesday, August 14, 2013
SOLEMNITY, ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
AUGUST 15, 2013
SOLEMNITY, ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
THURSDAY 19TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Vigil: 1 Chr 15: 3-4. 15-16; 16: 1-2 / Ps 132: 6-7. 9-10. 13-14 / 1 Cor 15: 54b-57 / Lk 11: 27-28.
Day: Rv 11: 19a; 12: 1-6a. 10ab / Ps 45: 10. 11. 12. 16 / 1 Cor 15: 20-27 / Lk 1: 39-56
Revelation 11: 19a; 12: 1-6a. 10ab
Then the sanctuary of God in the heavens was opened, and the Ark of the Covenant of God could be seen inside the sanctuary. There were flashes of lightning, peals of thunder, an earthquake and a violent hailstorm. A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain, looking to her time of delivery. Then another sign appeared: a huge, red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and wearing seven crowns on its heads. It had just swept along a third of the stars of heaven with its tail, throwing them down to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour the child as soon as it was born. She gave birth to a male child, the one who is to rule all the nations with an iron scepter; then her child was seized and taken up to God and to his throne while the woman fled to the desert where God had prepared a place for her; there she would be looked after for one thousand two hundred and sixty days. Then I heard a loud voice from heaven: Now has salvation come, with the power and the kingdom of our God, and the rule of his anointed. For our brothers' accuser has been cast out, who accused them night and day, before God.
Luke 1: 39-56
Mary then set out for a town in the hill country of Judah. She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leapt in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with holy spirit, and giving a loud cry, said, "You are most blessed among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! How is it that the mother of my Lord comes to me? The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby within me suddenly leapt for joy. Blessed are you who believed that the Lord's word would come true!" And Mary said, "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit exults in God my savior! He has looked upon his servant in her lowliness, and people forever will call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, Holy is his Name! From age to age his mercy extends to those who live in his presence. He has acted with power and done wonders, and scattered the proud with their plans. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and lifted up those who are downtrodden. He has filled the hungry with good things, but has sent the rich away empty. He held out his hand to Israel, his servant, for he remembered his mercy, even as he promised to our fathers, to Abraham and his descendants forever." Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months, and then returned home.
Today we celebrate the great feast of Our Lady's assumption into heaven, the day when Our Mother was taken body and soul and raised to the fullness of glory in heaven. The stress is body and soul. Our Lady was given the fullness of glory and there must have been great rejoicing in heaven, in the whole universe, on seeing the Queen, the Mother of Our Lord, appear in flesh! May the soul of Mary, which is the soul of Jesus, be in each of us for the glory of the Lord. May the Spirit of Mary be in each of us so that we may rejoice, truly rejoice in God!
The ark of Yahweh, the Lord of the earth, is in our midst whenever we call on Our Lady's name. With her, our crossing over will be victorious and God's glory will cover us always.
At all times, let us look at Mary who is always near us, watching over us so that in all things and through all things, we may be united with and be one with Jesus, her Son.
Let us tenderly hold on to Mary so that with her and like her, we may always do what is most pleasing to Our Lord in great as well as in small things.
In loving obedience, let us act courageously, forgive and forgive seventy times seven times like a faithful servant of God.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the unborn.
… for the speedy recovery and healing of Ditas dela Paz, Toots Monfort, Virginia Hernandez, and Fleur Torres
… for the personal intentions of
- Beny Chua
- Gerard Olona
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Asterio Buquiron. Eternal rest grant unto them and may perpetual light shine upon them. May they and all the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Ofelia C. Rodavia
- Birthday: Sharah Mae Go Kaw, M. D.
- Birthday: Cristie Zialcita
- Wedding Anniversary: Teddy & Mary Tes Demata
- Prayer Intention: Lakpue Drug Inc. (LDI)
- Birthday: Adolfo R. Pe (Aug 15, 1935 - Jan 3, 1995)
- In Memoriam (+): Potenciana Tee
… for families who are in need of healing
… for world peace and reconciliation.
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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