Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary

℟. Here again is the wonderful day on which the Virgin Mary was taken up into heaven. We all praise her with the words: * Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
℣. Blessed art thou, holy Virgin Mary, and most worthy of praise: through thee hast risen the Sun of justice, Christ our God. * Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
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Blood & Water―The Birth of the Church

…The blood coming out of the lance’s wound represents Jesus himself, it is the blood which saved and redeemed us, the blood of the Lamb who was slain. Yet what does the water stand for? Water is usually a strong symbol of grace pouring down on us. Who really reflects and personifies grace? It is as the Holy Spirit said through His messenger the Archangel Gabriel “Hail, full of grace”! I suddenly remembered the prophecy of Simeon “a sword shall pierce thy heart”…
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Mary the Immaculate Conception & the Gospel of Saint Luke

 Immaculate means pure or spotless (from the Latin immacula, macula being a stain), so Immaculate Conception means that she was conceived without stains. A fourth century saint called Theodotus of Ancyra wrote about Mary “A virgin, innocent, spotless, free of all defect, untouched, unsullied, holy in soul and body, like a lily sprouting among thorns”.
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