portion of the Sermon about St. Mary's Dormition by HB
Catholicose Aboon Mor Basalious Thomas I (YouTube
Dormition of the
by Dn. Abraham George
On the feast of the dormition of the Mother of our God, what words or phrases
can possibly describe the magnificence of her life? The Holy Church exalts her
as the second Eve, the queens of the Saints, the second heaven, the preserver of
the monastic’s and much more.
THEOTOKOS - The Mother of God
by Jacob P Varghese
The designation and depiction of Mary as 'Theotokos' is ancient and
venerable, beginning from the second century, gaining firm establishment by
the fourth and fifth centuries. The title 'Theotokos' was made official by the
III Ecumenical Council (Ephesus, 431 AD) which decreed
that the Virgin should be honored by this name which
confirms the Orthodox belief in the Incarnation: that
Christ was both true God and true man.
Dormition of Our Supremely Pure Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary by St.
Both love and duty today fashion my homily for your charity. I am obliged by the
sacred canons, to bring to your God-loving ears a saving word and thus to
nourish your souls, but if there be any among those things that bind by
obligation and love and can be narrated with praise for the Church, it is the
great deed of the Ever-Virgin Mother of God.
St. John of Damascene: Homily I on the Assumption/Dormition
Neither human tongue nor angelic mind is able worthily to praise her through
whom it is given to us to look clearly upon the Lord's glory. What then? Shall
we be silent through fear of our insufficiency? Certainly not.
St. John of Damascene: Homily II on the Assumption/Dormition
There is no one in existence who is able to praise
worthily the holy death of God's Mother, even if he should have a thousand
tongues and a thousand mouths. Not if all the most eloquent tongues could be
united would their praises be sufficient. She is greater than all praise. Since,
however, God is pleased with the efforts of a loving zeal, and the Mother of God
with what concerns the service of her Son, suffer me now to revert again to her
St. John of Damascene: Homily III on the Assumption/Dormition
To-day she begins her second life through Him who was the cause of her first
being. She gave a beginning, I mean, the life of the body, to Him who had no
beginning in time, although the Father was the cause of His divine existence.
Rejoice holy and divine Mount Sion, in which reposes the living divine mountain,
the new Bethel, with its grace, human nature united with the Godhead.
Solemnity of the
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Pope John Paul II
Homily delivered by Pope John Paul II on Wednesday, 15 August 2001.
During the Mass on the Solemnity of the Assumption by HH Pope Benedict XVI
Delivered at the Parish Church of Castel Gandolfo on 15 August 2005.
of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Rev. James Bartoloma
Homily given at the annual Mater Ecclesiae Solemn High Mass in the Cathedral of
the Immaculate Conception, Camden, NJ on August 15, 2007.
Feast of the
Assumption - A Homily (2001) by Fr. Robert Altier
Delivered on August 15, 2001.
But the wonderful thing is she is also our mother, and she is our queen. As she
glorifies God, she prays for each one of us, her children. When we see these
readings today, we recognize that death indeed has been destroyed. We each need
to enter into death, but we have the promise of our resurrection. We already see
the promise being fulfilled in Our Lady and we ask her intercession that one day
we will be able to be with her; that like her, we will behold God face to face,
in the resurrected glory and the reunification of our body and soul; and that we
will be able to be with her and glorify God for all eternity.
Feast of the
Assumption - A Homily (2002) by Fr. Robert Altier
Delivered on August 15, 2002. Right from the very beginning of humanity there
has been a struggle between life and death. From the very first moments of human
existence, Satan came down and tempted Adam and Eve, and they fell; they chose
death over life. At that moment, death entered into human existence. It was not
intended by God that we would die, but God has made our souls immortal. So even
though the body will die, the soul will not.
Feast of the
Assumption - A Homily (2003) by Fr. Robert Altier
Delivered on August 15, 2003. As we celebrate today the glorious solemnity of
the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we have to recognize the importance
of this feast and why we hold it in such honor. We hear in the second reading
about Jesus being raised from the dead, and that following from Him will be each
person in their proper order. When we think about Our Lord, Saint Paul makes
very clear that He is the new Adam, and that just as death came through man so
the resurrection of the dead will come through man also. Jesus is the first to
rise from the dead, just as the sin that our first parents committed was
ultimately the sin of Adam.
Feast of the
Assumption - A Homily (2004) by Fr. Robert Altier
Delivered on August 15, 2004.
Indeed, Our Lady’s words in her Magnificat that all generations would call her
blessed ring true in every single generation for the last 2,000 years. And for
all eternity the same glory will be given to her because, of all the human
creatures that God has made, there is none more blessed than she. There are none
who are more holy, there are none who are more exalted, there are none who
deserve the grace and the glory of God more than she, and God has blessed her
beyond any other human person.
of the Human Body - A Homily (2005) by Fr. Robert Altier
Delivered on August 15, 2005. But we too, being members of the Mystical Body of
Christ, are to share in the crushing of the head of Satan. He was there trying
to devour her Child. Well, since we are members of the Mystical Body, and she
who gave birth to the head gave birth to the whole body as well, we are the ones
right now that Satan is trying to destroy. Tragically, he is doing a pretty good
job of it.
Third Word of the Cross: Family"
by: Rev. Adrian Dieleman
Like her son, Mary was not unacquainted with grief. Not
at all! What sorrow it must have caused her when she had
to lay her new-born son in a manger because there was no
room for them in the inn. What anguish must have been
hers when she learned of Herod's plan to destroy her
child. What hardship she faced when she was forced to
flee to Egypt and stay there for several years.
Jesus’ Care For His Mother by Stephen Felker
Many times in Scripture the New Testament writers make an appeal to us based upon the
example of Christ. Jesus is our example in so many, including the way He honored, and cared
for His mother. Jesus knew and practiced Exodus 20:12, the 5th Commandment, “Honor your father
and your mother….”
Blessed Virgin Mary - by Fr. Eugene Lobo S.J.
Today we celebrate the feast of Mary's Assumption into
heaven. She was a model disciple open to God's grace.
The feast celebrates the special place that Mary has in
the life of the Church. This place is first of all
defined by her being chosen to be the mother of Jesus,
his only human parent. This alone gives her a uniqueness
which is shared by no other person who has ever lived.
Solemn Feast of
the Assumption by Fr. Andrew
On this Solemn Feast of the Assumption of Mary, we
remember that our Lord Jesus drew her to himself at the
end of her life. For my homily I want to share with you
Pope Benedict's words on the Blessed Mother as he
introduced the Angelus at the end of the World Youth Day
in Australia. ...