"Assumption: the Promise"
by Greg Mailloux*
Dedicated to Matthew Durham
August 15, 2007
1. O woman, clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath your feet
With crown of stars upon your head, your life on earth now complete
Assumed to heav'n in body and soul, crowned by the King Most High
O Virgin Mother pray for us as this King we glorify.
O Lady of the Assumption, the Promise to you who believed
That God who is faithful in your womb was conceived
The glorious King of earth and sky Whom angels now adore
Has crowned your life with majesty. You'll reign for evermore.
2. O Queen arrayed in resplendent gold, O Mother of Christ, the King
With Him you crushed His enemies: sin, death and suffering.
No death had touched your mortal life, no body to place in a tomb
Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the Fruit of your womb.
Ark of the covenant, Mother of Christ our Lord
Your assumption gives us hope to live our lives with God forever.
* based on: Rev. 11:19; 12:1; Ps. 45:10; 1 Cor. 15:20, 25-26; Luke 1:26-35, 42-45
which are selections from the readings for the Mass of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary