In New Zealand, outside of Sunday’s each week we have two of additional holy days of obligation, Christmas Day and the feast of the Assumption, August 15. Mary’s assumption into heaven is also the patronal feast of the Catholic people in New Zealand.
Here are a collection of resources from various sources to help you pray with this Feast Day.
An audio prayer reflection
THE ASSUMPTION OF OUR LADY
This reflection is from Pray as you go, a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc. It is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by a number of Jesuits, both in Britain and further afield, and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola.
For more reflections visit https://pray-as-you-go.org/
A few hymns you may like to pray with
As I Kneel (Live)
Southern Madonna, by Julia Bridget Lynch (Sister Mary Lawrence, RSM), ca. 1953-1954. Southern Star Abbey, Kopua, Hawkes Bay. Copyright: Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand.
The Pompallier Madonna is a painting of the Blessed Virgin brought to Rome from Byzantium (modern-day Istanbul) by the nuns of the Immaculate Conception in the Campus Martius in the year 750.
It was given to Bishop Pompallier by Pope Pius IX when the bishop visited Rome in 1847 and the bishop brought it to New Zealand.
For more information click here.