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Prayer for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Let us celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary with this powerful prayer by Saint Pope Pius X.

Every year, Christians from most countries around the world celebrate the Assumption Day of Mary on the 15th of August. Also called the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary or the Feast of the Assumption, this day is celebrated through colorful processions, bountiful feasts, and awe-inspiring firework displays.

But what is the story behind the Assumption of Mary?

This special day is a commemoration of the belief that when Mary passed away, her body was not subjected to the usual process of physical decay. Instead, it was “assumed” into heaven where it was reunited with her soul.

Just like the Immaculate Conception, the Assumption of Mary was not always celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church. (Read: Here’s what you should know about the Immaculate Conception) It was only in the year 1950, under the leadership of Pope Pius XII, when it was officially declared a holy day of celebration.

So today, as we continue to deal with the ongoing pandemic and observe strict quarantine guidelines in our cities, may we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in the safety of our homes with this powerful prayer by Saint Pope Pius X.

“And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit rejoiceth in God my savior.” (Luke 1:46) (Photo from Rorate Caeli)

Prayer to Our Lady of the Assumption

O immaculate virgin, mother of God and mother of humanity, we believe with all the fervour of our faith in your triumphal assumption both in body and in soul into heaven where you are acclaimed as queen by all the choirs of angels and all the legions of saints; we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord who has exalted you above all other pure creatures and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.

We know that your gaze, which on earth watched over the humble and suffering humanity of Jesus, in heaven is filled with the vision of that humanity glorified and with the vision of uncreated wisdom, and that the joy of your soul in the direct contemplation of the adorable trinity causes your heart to throb with overwhelming tenderness; and we, poor sinners whose body weights down the flight of the soul, beg you to purify our hearts so that, while we remain below, we may learn to see God and God alone in the beauties of his creatures.

We trust that your merciful eyes may deign to gaze down upon our miseries and anguish, upon our struggles and our weaknesses; that your countenance may smile upon our joys and our victories; that you may hear the voice of Jesus saying to you of each one of us, as he once said to you of his beloved disciple:

“Behold you son,” and we who call upon you as our mother, we, like John, take you as the guide, strength and consolation of our mortal life.

We are inspired by the certainty that your eyes, which wept over the earth crimsoned by the blood of Jesus, are yet turned toward this world racked by wars and persecutions, the oppression of the just and the weak. From the shadows of this vale of tears, we seek in your heavenly assistance, tender mercy, comfort for our aching hearts, and help in the trials of Church and country.

We believe finally that in the glory where you reign, clothed with the sun and crowned with stars, you are, after Jesus, the joy and gladness of all the angels and the saints, and from this earth, over which we tread as pilgrims, comforted by our faith in the future resurrection, we look to you our life, our sweetness, our hope; draw us onward with the sweetness of your voice, so that one day, after our exile, you may show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb.

O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.


Prayer written by Saint Pope Pius X.

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