Rorate Caeli

Assumpta est Maria in cælum!

Gaude, Maria Virgo,
cunctas hæreses sola interemisti in universo mundo!

...all the graces that the Author of all good deigns to bestow upon the poor descendants of Adam are, by favorable design of Divine Providence, dispensed through the hands of the Most Holy Virgin...
Benedict XV
Letter "The 27th of April, 1915" to the Secretary of State
May 1917

With even greater reason after the Assumption and her entrance into glory, Mary is the distributor of all graces. As a beatified mother knows in heaven the spiritual needs of her children whom she left on earth, Mary knows the spiritual needs of all men. Since she is an excellent mother, she prays for them and, since she is all powerful over the heart of her Son, she obtains for them all the graces that they receive, all which those receive who do not persist in evil. She is, it has been said, like an aqueduct of graces and, in the mystical body, like the virginal neck uniting the head to its members.
Réginald Garrigou-Lagrange
The Three Ages of the Interior Life


  1. Ave Maria, gratia plena Dominus tecum; Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae.


    Ora pro nobis sancta Dei Genitrix,
    Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.


    Omnípotens sempiterne Deus, qui Immaculátam Vírginem Maríam, Fílii tui Genitricem, corpore et ánima ad cælestem glóriam assumpsísti : concéde, quæsumus ; ut ad superna semper intenti, ipsíus glóriæ mereámur esse consortes. Per eúmdem Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum filium tuum.........



    The fifteenth of August,
    Warmth ends with a start,
    The Assumption of Mary
    To His Sacred Heart.

    Michaelmas Day,
    September skies cue,
    To hearken the zinnias
    To tone down their hue.

    Dusky October,
    With Angels and all...
    They help us pick apples
    And pumpkins in Fall.

    November's chilled damp,
    Souls wait in the dark,
    For prayers from the priest
    And a blue votive spark.

    Then souls from the dark,
    No longer the least,
    Rejoice in December...
    The garland decked Feast.

    White, wintry, snows,
    Banquet-hall, earth,
    In January celebrating,
    Still, His great birth.

    February sleeting.
    February ices.
    St. Valentine teaches
    That His love suffices.

    Raw-winds of March.
    Can we stand it all now?
    But we start the long Lent
    Which teaches us how.

    In cruel April, showers,
    Each Station tugs tears.
    Then lilies...He rose!
    To allay all out fears.

    And May calls us out.
    And May calls us dance.
    And May is all Mary's,
    The Queen of Romance.

    June, city sidewalks,
    Symbols in dust,
    Corpus Christi processions
    For the King Who is Just.

    His Most Precious Blood,
    Springs up in July,
    In picnic-red checks
    Reminding us why,

    We're all in His rhythm,
    He gives us all reasons,
    To incite and delight...
    The beate of all seasons.

  3. "63. By reason of the gift and role of divine maternity, by which she is united with her Son, the Redeemer, and with His singular graces and functions, the Blessed Virgin is also intimately united with the Church. As St. Ambrose taught, the Mother of God is a type of the Church in the order of faith, charity and perfect union with Christ(S. Ambrosius, Expos. Lc. II, 7: PL 15, 1555.). For in the mystery of the Church, which is itself rightly called mother and virgin, the Blessed Virgin stands out in eminent and singular fashion as exemplar both of virgin and mother. (Cfr. Ps.-Petrus Dam. Serm. 63: PL 144, 861 AB. Godefridus a S. Victore. In nat. B. M., Ms. Paris, Mazarine, 1002, fol. 109 r. Gerhohus Reich., De gloria ct honore Filii hominis, 10: PL 194, 1105AB.) By her belief and obedience, not knowing man but overshadowed by the Holy Spirit, as the new Eve she brought forth on earth the very Son of the Father, showing an undefiled faith, not in the word of the ancient serpent, but in that of God's messenger. The Son whom she brought forth is He whom God placed as the first-born among many brethren,(Rom. 8, 29) namely the faithful, in whose birth and education she cooperates with a maternal love.

    64. The Church indeed, contemplating her hidden sanctity, imitating her charity and faithfully fulfilling the Father's will, by receiving the word of God in faith becomes herself a mother. By her preaching she brings forth to a new and immortal life the sons who are born to her in baptism, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of God. She herself is a virgin, who keeps the faith given to her by her Spouse whole and entire. Imitating the mother of her Lord, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, she keeps with virginal purity an entire faith, a firm hope and a sincere charity.(S. Ambrosius, l. c. et Expos. Lc. X, 24-25: PL 15, 1810. S.Augustinus, In lo. Tr. 13, 12: PL 35 1499. Cfr. Serm. 191, 2, 3: PL 38 1010; etc. Cfr. ctiam Ven. Beda, In Lc. Expos. I, cap. 2: PL 92, 330. Isaac de Stella, Serm. 51. PL 194, 1863 A.)"


  4. "44. For which reason, after we have poured forth prayers of supplication again and again to God, and have invoked the light of the Spirit of Truth, for the glory of Almighty God who has lavished his special affection upon the Virgin Mary, for the honor of her Son, the immortal King of the Ages and the Victor over sin and death, for the increase of the glory of that same august Mother, and for the joy and exultation of the entire Church; by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.

    45. Hence if anyone, which God forbid, should dare willfully to deny or to call into doubt that which we have defined, let him know that he has fallen away completely from the divine and Catholic Faith.

    46. In order that this, our definition of the bodily Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven may be brought to the attention of the universal Church, we desire that this, our Apostolic Letter, should stand for perpetual remembrance, commanding that written copies of it, or even printed copies, signed by the hand of any public notary and bearing the seal of a person constituted in ecclesiastical dignity, should be accorded by all men the same reception they would give to this present letter, were it tendered or shown.

    47. It is forbidden to any man to change this, our declaration, pronouncement, and definition or, by rash attempt, to oppose and counter it. If any man should presume to make such an attempt, let him know that he will incur the wrath of Almighty God and of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul.

    48. Given at Rome, at St. Peter's, in the year of the great Jubilee, 1950, on the first day of the month of November, on the Feast of All Saints, in the twelfth year of our pontificate.





    November 1, 1950

  5. Not one word about her dormition? How sad that the west now only sees one half of the picture.

  6. Dear Ad Orientem,

    See my notes on the Assumption, the feats and dogma, and their development


    for some info about the Dormition, and why actually the Assumption is the more ancient name for this feast. We don't deny the Dormition, but the Dormition itself as the focus of the celebration was to combat a long dead heresy.

    That Our Lady died is not a matter of faith. If She did, its a fact of life. Others says She did because of Her great love or desire to imiate the Lord, though She did not have to (St. Alphonus) But that She was assumed into heaven body and soul, that is not only a matter of faith, but a cause of celebration.

    So, you see, we in the West are lacking in nothing, in celebrating the Assumption, and not the Dormition.

  7. Well said Brother Bugnolo.

    Dear AD: I always believed in the Dormition of the Virgin, there is no issue about that in the Catholic CHurch.


  8. Apostichon for Vespers:

    O Virgin Mother of God, at the time you were carried up to the One born of you in a manner beyond understanding, James and Peter were present, James the brother of the Lord and first Bishop, and Peter the honorable head of the apostles and prince of theologians. The whole college of the apostles was also there: all in one accord proclaiming things divine and praising Christ's astounding mystery, preparing with joy your body, O most glorious one, the Source of Life and the Temple of God. As for the most holy angelic powers, they were rapt in wonder at the sight of this miracle and said to each other: "Life up your gates to receive the Mother of the Creator of heaven and earth. Come, let us sing hymns to her noble and holy body that has contained the Invisible Lord." We too, therefore, celebrate your feast, O Woman worthy of all praise, and cry out: "O glorious Lady, exalt the Christian peoples and intercede with Christ God that He may save our souls!"

    -Byzantine Daily Worship


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