Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Year B / Sunday, August 15, 2021

This Sunday’s Readings: 

Vigil [621]

1 Chronicles 15:3–4, 15–16; 16:1–2

Psalm 132:6–7, 9–10, 13–14 (8)

1 Corinthians 15:54b–57

Luke 11:27–28

Day [622]

Revelation 11:19a; 12:1–6a, 10ab

Psalm 45:10, 11, 12, 16 (10bc)

1 Corinthians 15:20–27

Luke 1:39–56

VIRGIN MOTHER, BRIDE OF CHRIST, MOTHER OF GOD—these are rich, profound, true titles for Mary. But the Magnificat gives us another, one just as true and deep.

[T]he root of the name Mary is the Hebrew Miryam meaning “rebellion.” How fitting for a people called to be a people of God, often in conflict with political authorities, whose infant sons were at times systematically slain by alien rulers, to name their daughters “hope of change.” And indeed, the daughters of Zion have a rich heroic tradition… From Genesis to Acts there is a line of women living lives of religious vitality, cultural integrity, and political involvement while performing deeds that powerfully transformed the nation of Israel and ultimately the modern world. (Ann Johnson, Miryam of Nazareth: Woman of Strength & Wisdom)

Rebel Daughter of God, blessed are you among women. Hope of Change for the world, pray for us.

–Diana Macalintal

Suggested Music

GIA Hymnal Suggestions
WLP Resource Suggestions

Choral Suggestions:

Letanía a la Madre de las Américas

Tony Alonso

G-10081 · Three-part voices, cantor, assembly, piano, guitar, percussion, flute


“Ruega por nosotros…..Ora pronobis.”

As Tony Alonso states in his notes on this piece, “Mary is a source of hope and strength, binding the church to her, to one another, and to God.” Mary sings for this hope and strength in the Magnificat. Mary intercedes for us to the Father and in this role of intercessor, she opens herself to our petitions, our burdens, and our hopes. This litany reminds of us all of the ways Mary is a part of our lives and all of the roles that she plays as any mother does. Today we celebrate that Mary was taken up into heaven, body and soul. In her completeness in heaven, she is a model for what we hope will one day be true for us in the resurrection. Bring all that you have and all that you are to Mary for she waits for you with open arms. Mary, our Mother, pray for us!

–Victoria Zibell

Gospel Canticle of Mary

Michael Joncas

G-9720 · SAB, assembly, keyboard, 2 C instruments


Gloria Estefan, et. al. / Arr. Tony Alonso

G-10079 · Three-part voices, cantor, assembly, piano, guitar, percussion, flute

Ave Maria

Bob Moore

G-9503 · Two-part mixed voices, piano

Ave Maria

César Franck / Edited & Arranged by William Tortolano

G-9732 · SAB, organ, C instrument

More choral suggestions for the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary…


Ave María Francisco Palazón, Arr. Peter Kolar Solo, opt. two-part women, keyboard, guitar, opt. violin or C instrument 012729

Ave María Pedro Rubalcava SAT, cantor, assembly, keyboard, guitar, B-flat trumpets 012722

Canticle of Mary Michael Joncas SATB, assembly, keyboard G-8442

Four Pieces for Marian Feasts Lisa Stafford SATB a cappella 009405

Magnificat Marie-Jo Thum Two-part children’s choir or 2 solos, keyboard, flute 005926

My Soul Gives Glory to the Holy One Michael Joncas SSAATB, cantors, assembly, organ, brass quintet, and timpani G-9701

My Soul Gives Glory to the Lord Dolores M. Hruby Two-part children’s choir, keyboard 007120

My Soul Rejoices Christian Cosas SATB, cantor, assembly, violin, percussion, keyboard 005924

O Sanctissima Ludwig van Beethoven, Arr. Alan J. Hommerding SAB, keyboard, 2 C instruments 008773

The Memorare Lorraine Hess SATB, descant, cantor, assembly, guitar, keyboard 008038