Prayer Service: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (August 15)

This prayer service will help your students appreciate the beauty and importance of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Assumption into Heaven.

By Jean Grant

OPENING SONG: “On This Day, O Beautiful Mother”

LEADER: Mary was taken up into heaven body and soul after she died in Ephesus. This is corroborated by archaeological finds and comments by St. Bridget and St. Catherine Emmerich. It was the support of Catholic Bishops worldwide that prompted Pope Pius the XII, in 1950 to create the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven.

READER 1: O God, Mary was conceived without sin. As the Immaculate Conception her pure soul allowed her to be a worthy dwelling place for Jesus after saying “Yes” to the Archangel Gabriel.

ALL: Hail Mary, full of grace . . .

READER 2: O God, Mary’s body was too special to decay after the divine maternity, so she ascended into  ,, heaven to be Queen of Heaven and earth, the angels, and the saints.

ALL: Hail Mary, full of grace . . .

READER 3: O God, Jesus prepared a heavenly home for his mother where they would both reside, body and soul, untouched by sin, rewarded for eternity.

ALL: Hail Mary, full of grace . . .

READER 4: O God, we love your mother, Mary, and accept her as our mother, too, and hold her up as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

ALL: Hail Mary, full of grace . . .

LEADER: In the Magnificat, the words of Mary, speak to us from her heart. A reading from Luke 1:46-55.

READER 1: The words of the Annunciation, between God’s messenger, Archangel Gabriel, and the handmaid Mary, are repeated over and over in every Hail Mary.

ALL: Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

READER 1: And, let us ask Mary to intercede for us: Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.         Amen

SONG: “Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above”

LEADER: O Mary, you have told us in your many apparitions to pray for peace, through the use of the rosary. Calm the anger within many nations and world leaders. Guide us in extending the olive branch for peace to others. We come to you, today, with a sincere heart, and know that you, Mary, will not abandon us. Even when Jesus was not yet ready to begin his ministry at the wedding feast at Canna, you had faith and told the waiters to do as Jesus wished. Mary, help us to pray often.  Bring back respect for others in our daily life. Guard the words that come from our mouths, and do not let us stand by when others are abused. So many people in the history of the world have put themselves above God and treated our world neighbors with disrespect. Protect the innocent children and faith-filled adults who continue to love your Son unconditionally.

ALL: Amen.

Jean Grant is a retired teacher from St. Charles, Missouri.