Novena for First Vows: Assumption of Mary

Today I begin a novena for my son, Brother Peter Joseph, and all his brothers as they approach their First Vows; to be professed on the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15, 2012.  If any of you have a mind to, please join me in praying for these young men as they step forward in faith to a radical remarkable life.  ***

Mary, Queen Assumed into Heaven, I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, you have at last been taken to the throne prepared for you in heaven by the Holy Trinity.

Lift my heart with you in the glory of your Assumption above the dreadful touch of sin and impurity. Teach me how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven. Make me realize that death is the triumphant gate through which I shall pass to your Son, and that someday my body shall rejoin my soul in the unending bliss of heaven.

From this earth, over which I tread as a pilgrim, I look to you for help. In honor of your Assumption into heaven I ask for this favor: (Mention your request).

When my hour of death has come, lead me safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of my God for all eternity together with you.


*** I post this, and will for each day, with full knowledge that this is one of those uber Catholic things, all of this:  the novena and the affection for Mary and the concept of the Assumption.  I know, this can be divisive.  I don’t mean to cause that…. But, my son is giving his life to his faith, answering that call in the boldest way I can see.  So, I don’t mean to put any of you off, but, this is my faith and I believe it too.  I love it, and try hard to life it as best as I can, even as I fail daily.  But  yeah, this is Catholic, this is me, praying for my son and all my Dominican sons.  **** 

5 thoughts on “Novena for First Vows: Assumption of Mary

    • Laura, thank you! For the nice comment and for joining us in prayer for these young men! And…yeah, the name thing is a tad complicated. Tho…honestly, I still yell with glee “Chris is on the phone!” when he calls, and call him everything from Chris, to his nicknames (Buddybug, Cody, Bud) to Peter Joseph. I only really use the Br Peter Joseph on his letter addresses and when being all publicly proper. Because Br Peter Joseph is his name ‘in the world’ now…because he is, in so many ways, a new man. So, yeah, it’s weird and wonderful all at once. But, he has (and surely will continue to) grown into his new name as well. And the meaning and reasons for it…well they are his to tell but they are beautiful. So. I love it. And him. And it’s weird sometimes and not others. (gee, this got long, I should write a post on it…)
      LOVE the honest questions like that! Thanks Laura!! Bless you. M


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