The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

FEastAssumption of the Virgin, by Botticini, ca. 1475

“Today the liturgy invites us to contemplate Mary, taken up body and soul into heaven. By a special privilege, she was enriched by divine grace from the moment of her conception, and Christ, who ascended to the right hand of the Father, opened the doors of his kingdom to her, first among human creatures. Now from heaven, where the Queen of the angels and saints is crowned, the Mother of God and of the Church is close to the Christian people before whom she shines as the new and immaculate woman (who) mediated for the guilt of the first woman.” – St. Pope John Paul II