Illumination from a 9th. Century Celtic Missal
August 15th FEAST of the DORMITION OF THE VIRGIN
THE COLLECT: O Almighty and everlasting God, who for her wondrous humility and purity hast exalted the Virgin Mary among the hosts of Heaven, grant that we, Thy people, may so follow her most noble example, that we may at the last, be found worthy to adore Thee, even as do Thy holy Angels, Thou Who livest and reignest in glory for ages unending. Amen.
THE EPISTLE: Judith 13:22-25; 15:10
THE GRADUAL: (Ps. 44) Hear, O daughter, and see; turn thine ear, for the King shalt desire thy beauty. Alleluia, alleluia. All glorious is the King’s daughter as she enters; her raiment spun with gold. Alleluia.
THE GOSPEL: Luke 1:41-50
THE SECRET: May the offering of our devotion unto Thee, O Lord, and with the intercession of the most Blessed Virgin Mary, who wast taken up into Heaven, inflame our hearts with divine love, that we mayest ever strive upward towards Thee. We ask this…
POST-COMMUNUION: Having partaken, O Lord, of the Sacrament of salvation, grant, we beseech Thee, that through the prayers and intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who was taken up into Heaven, may we be brought to the glory of the resurrection. We ask this…