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Diocese of Charlotte's faithful celebrate the Feast of the Assumption
CHARLOTTE — Monday the faithful across the Diocese of Charlotte celebrated the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary with prayers and Mass. While the feast is not a holy day of obligation because it falls on a Monday, many people still noted the feast day in different ways.
Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Charlotte celebrated Mass at 7 p.m. Monday, and Holy Angels Church in Mt. Airy held a Missa Cantata also on Monday evening.
'In giving birth you retained your virginity, in falling asleep you did not abandon the world, O Mother of God. You passed into life, for you are the Mother of Life, and by your prayers you deliver our souls from death.'
Editor's note: View a slideshow of images from the Feast of the Assumption.
On Sunday afternoon, the Ukrainian Catholic mission of St. Basil the Great in Charlotte began the celebration of the Feast of the Assumption -- also called the Dormition -- with Great Vespers. In the Eastern Catholic rite's tradition, the ancient prayers to Mary, the Theotokos, were intoned by the deacons and the congregation. An icon featuing Mary surrounded by the Apostles was also displayed for veneration.
Here is an excerpt from the prayers:
"O Lady, marvelous are your mysteries.
You have become the throne of the Most High,
And today you are taken from earth to heaven.
Your glory shines forth with the radiance of divine grace
And surpasses every other splendor.
Rise up to the heavens, all you virgins,
Together with the Mother of our King, and cry out:
Rejoice, O Woman full of grace, the Lord is with you,
The Lord, Who because of you,
Bestows great mercy upon the world."
"You have given birth to Life,
And now by your holy Dormition
You have crossed the borders into eternal life.
The Angels, Principalities, and the Virtues,
The prophets, the apostles, and all creation form a procession,
And your Son receives your pure soul into His immaculate hands,
O Virgin Mother and Bride of God."
"The holy apostles were taken up from every corner of the world
And carried upon clouds by the command of God.
They gathered around your pure body, O Source of Life,
And kissed it with reverence.
As for the most sublime powers of heaven,
They came with their own leader
To escort and pay their last respects to the most honorable body
That had contained Life itself.
Filled with awe, they marched together with the apostles in silent majesty,
Professing to the princes of heaven in a hushed voice:
Lift up your gates and receive, with becoming majesty,
The Mother of the Light that never fades,
Because, through her, salvation was made possible for mankind.
She is the One upon whom no one may gaze,
And to whom no one is able to render sufficient glory;
For the special honor that made her sublime is beyond understanding.
Therefore, O Most Pure Mother of God,
Forever alive with your Son, the Source of Life,
Do not cease to intercede with Him
That He may guard and save Your people from every trouble;
For you are our intercessor.
To you we sing a hymn of glory
With loud and joyful voice, now and forever."
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