Assumption of Mary Prayers

What is the Assumption?

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, known in Eastern Churches (Orthodox as well as Eastern Catholic) as the Dormition (falling asleep) of Mary, commemorates Mary being assumed into heaven at the end of her life. These Assumption prayers relate to these themes. More Info: The Assumption of Mary

Catholic Prayer in Honor of Mary

Assumption by Murillo

Almighty God, You gave a humble Virgin the privilege of being mother of your Son, and crowned her with the glory of heaven.

May the prayers of the Virgin Mary bring us to the salvation of Christ and raise us up to eternal life.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.


Liturgy of the Hours

Catholic Collect for the Feast of the Assumption

Almighty and everlasting God, You have taken up body and soul into the heavenly glory the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Your Son: Grant, we beseech You, that, ever intent upon heavenly things, we may be worthy to be partakers of her glory. Through Jesus Christ Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.


From the Roman Missal (Thanks to David Morrison)

Alternate Catholic Collect for the Feast of the Assumption

Father in heaven, all creation rightly gives you praise for all life and all holiness come from you. In the plan of Your wisdom she who bore the Christ in her womb was raised body and soul in glory to be with Him in heaven. May we follow her example in reflecting your holiness and join in her hymn of endless life and praise. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

International Committee on English in the Liturgy (ICEL)

Prayer From the Festal Manaion

(tone 1) By the royal command of God, the divinely inspired apostles are caught up from over all the world into the clouds on high.

(tone 5) Reaching thy immaculate body, the source of Life, they salute it with mighty honour.

(tone 2) The highest powers of heaven stood by with their own Master.

(tone 6) Seized with dread they accompany thy inviolate body that had held God, and they went on high before thee, crying, unseen, to the hierarchies above: 'Lo, the Queen of all, the Maid of God, is nigh.'

(tone 3) Open wide the gates and receive above the world the Mother of the everlasting Light.

(tone 7) For through her the salvation of all mankind has come. We have not the strength to look upon her, and are unable to render honours worthy of her,

(tone 4) for her excellence is past all understanding.

(tone 8) Therefore, O most pure Theotokos, who livest forever with Thy Son, the King Who brings life, pray without ceasing that thy newborn people be guarded on every side and saved from all adverse assault: for we are under thy protection,

(tone 1) and we bless thee in beauty and light unto all ages. 

From the Vespers of the Dormition (tr. by Mother Mary and Bp. Kallistos Ware)

Assumption Prayer from the Chaldean Church

The lips of man are not worthy to praise the Mother of the Lord of angels and of men for neither can men understand her, nor angels know her sufficiently

Admirable in her mortal life, marvelous in her life-giving death

Living she was dead to the world, dying she raised the dead to life. The apostles hasten to her from distant lands, the angels descend from on high, to pay her honour due.

The Virtues animate each other The Principalities come forward like flaming clouds, The Dominations rejoice, The Powers exult.

The Thrones redouble their praise: while the Seraphim cry out: O blessed and glorious body; and the Cherubim extol her with their songs, as she passes through their midst.

The sky and clouds bend down before her; the thunder claps, praising her Son; the rain and dew envy her breasts: for they indeed nourish the plants, but she fed the Lord of the plants.

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Prayer to Mary Assumed into Heaven

O Blessed Virgin Mary, united to the victorious Christ in heaven, you are the image and first-flowering of the Church as she is to be perfected in the world to come. You shine forth as a sign of sure hope and solace for the pilgrim People of God. In your Assumption, you manifest the fullness of redemption and appear as the spotless image of the Church responding in joy to the invitation of the Bridegroom, your Son, who is the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Grant that we may follow your example on earth thereby imitating your Son as well and being enabled to share your glory, with Him for all eternity.

New Saint Joseph People's Prayer Book

Loving Mother of the Redeemer

Loving Mother of the Redeemer, Gate of heaven, star of the sea,

Assist your people who have fallen yet strive to rise again.

To the wonderment of nature you bore your Creator, yet remained a virgin after as before.

You who received Gabriel's joyful greeting, have pity on us, poor sinners.

Ancient Prayer


Compiled by David Bennett

Updated 08-02-2019