Archbishop Sartain’s full homily to the members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) on the feast of the Assumption.

Full text of Archbishop Sartain’s homily

Editor’s note – A relevant excerpt from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

1558 “Episcopal consecration confers, together with the office of sanctifying, also the offices of teaching and ruling. . . . In fact . . . by the imposition of hands and through the words of the consecration, the grace of the Holy Spirit is given, and a sacred character is impressed in such wise that bishops, in an eminent and visible manner, take the place of Christ himself, teacher, shepherd, and priest, and act as his representative (in Eius persona agant).”37 “By virtue, therefore, of the Holy Spirit who has been given to them, bishops have been constituted true and authentic teachers of the faith and have been made pontiffs and pastors.”38

1559 “One is constituted a member of the episcopal body in virtue of the sacramental consecration and by the hierarchical communion with the head and members of the college.”39 The character and collegial nature of the episcopal order are evidenced among other ways by the Church’s ancient practice which calls for several bishops to participate in the consecration of a new bishop.40 In our day, the lawful ordination of a bishop requires a special intervention of the Bishop of Rome, because he is the supreme visible bond of the communion of the particular Churches in the one Church and the guarantor of their freedom.

1560 As Christ’s vicar, each bishop has the pastoral care of the particular Church entrusted to him, but at the same time he bears collegially with all his brothers in the episcopacy the solicitude for all the Churches: “Though each bishop is the lawful pastor only of the portion of the flock entrusted to his care, as a legitimate successor of the apostles he is, by divine institution and precept, responsible with the other bishops for the apostolic mission of the Church.”41

1561 The above considerations explain why the Eucharist celebrated by the bishop has a quite special significance as an expression of the Church gathered around the altar, with the one who represents Christ, the Good Shepherd and Head of his Church, presiding.42

Novena: Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mary, Queen Assumed into Heaven,

I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth,

Thou hast at last been taken to the throne

prepared for Thee in heaven by the Holy Trinity.

Lift my heart with Thee in the glory of Thy 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 Thy 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 Thee for help.

I ask for this favor:

(State your intention here…)

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 Thee.


Start praying the novena for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 6th, ending August 14th, the vigil of the Feast Day.

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On the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


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