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August 2012
Vol. XVIII, No. 5

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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Juan Martín Cabezalero (1633-1673)
Oil on canvas - 1665-70, Museo del Prado, Madrid.

Juan Martín Cabezalero was active during the reign of Charles II of Spain, and was influenced by Anthony Van Dyke, the Flemish artist renowned as the portrait artist to the English court.

This painting depicts ten of the apostles, some mostly hidden, gazing into the empty tomb of the Virgin Mary. One of them (lower left) is casting roses into her tomb. Only one, Peter (center left, in shadow), has as yet noticed that Mary is being borne heavenward by angels and he gestures to call attention to the amazing event of her assumption into heaven. Unlike her Son, the Blessed Virgin does not ascend to heaven by her own power, but is carried aloft by angels.

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News & Views -- Archbishop DiNoia VP of Ecclesia Dei -- Bishop Roche to CDW | Synod of Bishops on New Evangelization | Pope to Name New Doctors of the Church | Australian Ordinariate Established | UK Ordinariate Publishes Prayer Book

USCCB June 2012 Meeting Report: Bishops Discuss Key Social Issues -- and Scripture Translation -- by Helen Hull Hitchcock and Susan Benofy

The Cathedral from the Romanesque to the Gothic: The Theological Background -- Pope Benedict XVI

The Myth of the Domus Ecclesiae -- and how this has influenced modern Church architecture -- by Steven J. Schloeder

Readers' Forum -- AB a Valued Resource | Pro Multis | The Tabernacle and the New Evangelization | Ember and Rogation Days | Holy Spirit is a She? | Who May Be in the Sanctuary? | Our Babel of Bibles

Pope Benedict XVI's Message to the 50th International Eucharistic Congress: "Here we wish to encounter the Risen Lord ... and to become witnesses to His love"

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Almighty ever-living God, who assumed the
Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of your Son, body and soul into heavenly glory,
Grant, we pray, that, always attentive to the things that are above, we may merit to be sharers of her glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Collect for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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