AUGUST 15, 2014
THOUGHTS OF ST. BERNARD ON THE ASSUMPTION OF MARY:
ON this day the glorified Virgin entered heaven and crowned by her presence the holy pleasures of its inhabitants. But what mind can conceive the glory with which the arrival of the Queen of the world was celebrated by the brilliant heavenly hosts, their advance to greet her, their chanting as they led her to the magnificent throne? Who can fancy the tender gaze, the loving countenance, the divine caresses with which she was received by her Son and placed over all created beings, honored as became such a mother, with the glory that became such a Son?
What lips can describe the assumption of Mary? As upon earth she, before all others, received special grace, so in heaven
she, before all others, receives special glory. If eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor hath it entered into the heart of man to know the delights that God has prepared for those that love
Him, who shall say what is prepared for her who bore Him and loved Him more than all!
O blessed art thou, Mary! Most blessed wert thou, when thou didst receive the Saviour; most blessed art thou, when the Saviour receives thee!
ST. BERNARD'S PRAYER TO MARY:
We accompany thee, on this day, with our most ardent wishes to thy Son, O glorious Virgin,
Queen of heaven! and follow thee from afar, O happy Virgin! Give thy mildness to the world,
give of the grace thou hast found with God. Obtain by thy blessed intercession, grace for the
guilty, recovery for the sick, strength for the faint-hearted, aid for those in peril! Dispense to us
thy servants, who on this glorious festival-day invoke thy sweetest name, O gentlest Queen, the
grace of Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord and God, to whom be glory forever. Amen.
Source: Rev. Fr. Leonard Goffine's The Church's Year
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