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August 15

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
First Class with Common Octave

Latin Text
Blessing of First Fruits


This Mass, "Signum magnum," was introduced into the Roman Missal by His Holiness Pope Pius XII on the occasion of the definition of the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin.


Introit: Apocalypse xii: 1

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. [Ps. iiic] Sing to the Lord a new canticle, for He has done wondrous deeds. Glory be.... A great....



Almighty and eternal God, Thou hast taken up into heavenly glory the body and soul of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of Thy Son. May we always look upward toward heaven, and come to be worthy of sharing her glory.


Epistle: Judith xiii: 22-25; xv: 10

    A reading from the book of Judith:

The Lord has blessed thee by His power, because through thee He has brought our enemies to naught. Blessed art thou, O daughter, by the Most High God, above all women upon the earth. Blessed be the Lord who made heaven and earth, who has directed thee to the cutting off of the head of the prince of our enemies, because He has so magnified thy name this day, that thy praise shall not depart out of the mouth of men who shall be mindful of the power of the Lord forever. For thou hast not spared thy life by reason of the distress and tribulation of thy people, but have prevented our ruin in the presence of our God. Thou art the glory of Jerusalem, thou art the joy of Israel, thou art the honor of our people.


Gradual: Ps. xxxiv: 11-12, 14

Hear, O daughter, and see; turn thine ear for the king greatly desires thy beauty. All glorious, the daughter of the king enters, clothed in robes of spun gold.

Alleluia, alleluia! Mary was taken up to heaven; the choirs of angels are filled with joy. Alleluia!


Gospel: Luke i: 41-50

+ The continuation of the holy Gospel according to Luke:

At that time, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost, and cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb! And how have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, the moment that the sound of thy greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leapt for joy. And blessed is she who has believed, because the things promised her by the Lord shall be accomplished." And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid, for behold, henceforth all generations shall call me blessed, because He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name; And His mercy is from generation to generation toward those who fear Him.





I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed.



Let our devoted offerings arise before Thee, O Lord. Inflame our hearts with the fire of Love, so that through the intercession of the most blessed Virgin Mary, who was assumed into heaven, they may yearn always for thee.

Preface of the Blessed Virgin, "in the Assumption."


Communion: Luke 1: 48, 49

All generations shall call me blessed, because He who is mighty has done great things for me.



We have received the Sacrament of salvation, O Lord, and now ask that we may be brought to the glory of the resurrection through the merits and intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was taken up into heaven.

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