August 15, 2012
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Tagged with Assumption, Christianity, Church, Dormition, Faith, Feast, Icon, Iconography, Mary
About Fr Stephen SmutsTAC Priest in South Africa.
I too am joyfully and simply one in the many generations that call her blessed. Truly, it is glorious as it is abundantly merciful that Christ preserved her from sin’s decaying grasp and assumed her into His waiting arms. I feel united in this mystery contemplating my willingness to keep her sacred, as Everlasting Virgin, as I blindly await her intercession. Imagine the shrines that could have been built by the generations surrounding a single relic – if she wasn’t assumed… but alas, Son and Savior brought the mystical rose still in bloom to replant in Heaven’s garden. Praise be to God!
A beautiful tribute to One “Mystical Rose”! Upon reflecting/meditaiting upon Our Blessed Mother’s Dormition/Assumption, I am swept backward…into Her Life…not only to that first “Fiat” – given to the Angel Gabriel for one moment in time, but her ‘continuous Fiat’–for ALL of her Life, from one moment to the next – leading up to and including…that great ‘Fiat at the foot of the Cross’! Indeed Her entire Life was never Her own–it was one continuous Movement In-With-Through the Holy Spirit in service of ‘The Divine Child’ to the ‘Glory Of The Father’! This too – as Christians – should be how we Live and Move and have our Being!! So too then, hidden n ‘Mary’s Assumption into Heaven’ is our Promise as well – if we are Faithful – of being taken up into the Glory of Heaven! So in singing ‘Mary’s Praises’ today, we ‘Give Thanks and Praise’ as well for our future glory – with the ‘Communion of Saints’, forever and ever and ever! TO GOD BE THE GORY!
*correction: TO GOD BE THE GLORY!
There is a beautiful Orthodox hymn, sung at Christmas, which I recently discovered. I think it explains why Christ brought His mother to share immediately in the ultimate outworking of His Resurrection:
Prepare, O Bethlehem, For Eden has been opened to all.
Adorn yourself, O Ephratha, For the Tree of Life blossoms forth from the Virgin in the cave.
Her womb is a spiritual paradise planted with the fruit divine;
If we eat of it, we shall live forever and not die like Adam.
Christ is coming to restore the image which He made in the beginning.
Beautifully said. I too am swept back to wonder when Mary received her first taste of communion, her “Amen”, contiguous with her first fiat, must have echoed in her memory to her reply to Gabriel while bittersweet prophecy of Simeon still loomed. Truly, there is no one in our human history in which we may gain such intimacy in Christ then through the eyes of His adorable Mother. And yes…To God be the Glory
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