Prayer for the Morning. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Come, let us rejoice with the angels
in the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!
(Meter: LM This hymn can be sung to the tune used for Creator of the Stars of Night)
Just like the morning’s dawning bright
She rises to the heav’nly height,
Maria, splendid as the sun,
Just like the moon, most lovely one.
Today, the queen of all the earth,
Who to that Son has given birth—
Who is, before the daystar shone—
Ascends unto her glorious throne.
Assumed above the angels, higher
Than every heav’nly angel choir
This single woman has outrun
The merits all the saints have won.
The One whom in her womb she fed,
And laid within a manger bed,
She sees as Lord of everything,
Now in his Father’s glory, King.
Virgin of virgins, intercede
And with your Son with fervor plead:
He took up what is ours through you.
May what is his come through you, too.
Canticle of Isaiah. 61:10-11; 62:2-3
Adorn yourself with grandeur and majesty,/ and array yourself with glory and splendor. (Jb 40:10)
Through the power of his Resurrection, Christ has adorned Mary with the robe of his own grandeur and majesty, and arrayed her with glory and splendor. These garments of salvation are the revelation and crown of the holiness with which she lived her life on earth.
I rejoice heartily in the Lord,
in my God is the joy of my soul;
for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation,
and wrapped me in a mantle of justice,
like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
like a bride bedecked with her jewels.
As the earth brings forth its plants,
and a garden makes its growth spring up,
so will the Lord God make justice and praise
spring up before all the nations.
Nations shall behold your vindication,
and all kings your glory;
you shall be called by a new name
pronounced by the mouth of the Lord.
You shall be a glorious crown in the hand of the Lord,
a royal diadem held by your God.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God. 1 Corinthians 15:53-54
That which is corruptible must clothe itself with incorruptibility, and that which is mortal must clothe itself with immortality. And when this which is corruptible clothes itself with incorruptibility and this which is mortal clothes itself with immortality, then the word that is written shall come about:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.”
A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. (Rv 12:1)
Canticle of Zechariah
Who is this that comes forth like the dawn,/ as beautiful as the moon, as resplendent as the sun? (Sg 6:10)
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet
of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father…
Let us praise Jesus Christ, our Savior, who crowned his Mother with glory:
R/Jesus, Son of Mary, hear us!
Sun of Justice, the Virgin went before you as the dawn goes before the day:
– make us walk by your light. R/
Source of our salvation, Mary heard your Word in love and kept it in faith:
– make us servants of your saving work. R/
Only Begotten Son of God, the Mother received you with joy and followed you in fidelity:
– make us faithful in word and deed. R/
Blessed are you, O God, in the Virgin Mary. Through her, your Son came into the world. Through him, she entered into the new world of your glory. Come and sow in our bodies the gift of eternal life, so that one day we may enter with her into your kingdom through Christ, your Son and Son of Mary, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.