Friday, August 15, 2008
St. Mary, Mother of Our Lord
Today is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin in the Catholic Church and the Dormition of the Theotokos ("Mother of God") in the Orthodox Church.
The faithful "sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things." (Ps. 98:1) He has blessed and honored Mary. She is in heavenly glory with her Son, the Lord, and all His saints.
Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! . . . Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation . . ."
et exclamavit voce magna et dixit benedicta tu inter mulieres et benedictus fructus ventris tui . . . et beata quae credidit quoniam perficientur ea quae dicta sunt ei a Domino et ait Maria magnificat anima mea Dominum et exultavit spiritus meus in Deo salutari meo quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes quia fecit mihi magna qui potens est et sanctum nomen eius et misericordia eius in progenies et progenies timentibus eum