Exalted Above the Choirs of Angels
The celebration of the Assumption, body and soul, of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the end of her earthly life into the Glory of Heaven is one of the Church’s oldest celebrations in honor of the Mother of God.
The Assumption declares that as her life ended, Mary received the fullness of her Son’s triumph over sin and death by his Resurrection, and was taken up, by the power of the Blessed Trinity, into the glory of heaven. Mary’s Assumption into Heaven is the first fruits of those who fallen asleep in Christ and profess faith in his promise of Eternal life. In the Assumption God’s promise is fulfilled, as we hope one day to share in the fulness of heaven with Jesus and Mary!
Many different devotions have surrounded the celebration of the Assumption throughout the Christian millennia. In some places, even today, wine is blessed in honor of Mary’s Assumption being the “first fruits” of the Resurrection of Christ. In other places herbs, because of their fragrance, are blessed and placed in the homes of the Christian faithful to remind them of the sweetness of Mary’s life and faith. And in some other places portable tombs, filled with the most fragrant roses, are erected in parish church yards, and other places of devotion, celebrating Our Lady did not rest in the tomb, but was taken up to the glory of Heaven.
At Saint Thomas Aquinas we will celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with Masses on Saturday, August 14, at 4:30 pm and Sunday, August 15, at 7:45 and 11 am.
After the Saturday Mass we will process with a statue of Our Lady of Fatima around our parish block and pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. The celebration will conclude with an Ice Cream Social, provided by Tom’s Ice Cream Bowl, in the Rectory Garden.