(f/pa) Vigil of the Assumption–V (II) – St. Eusebius, Confessor–W (Comm.)
Friday, August 14
Our Lady was acclaimed as Mother of God at the Council of Ephesus in 431. Shortly before Bernadette’s vision at Lourdes, the Immaculate Conception was defined. And now her glorious assumption into heaven has been revealed to us as a dogma. In her Immaculate Conception, Mary was the sole human being who perfectly fulfilled God’s will. As Mother of God, Mary became the co-redeemer of the human race. At the Assumption she was the first to enter, body and soul united, into the final glory awaiting redeemed mankind after the general resurrection. Thus, all through her temporal life, Mary was the expressed ideal of God’s plan of creation.