This feast links Mary's unique destiny with her role as the Mother of God. Her privilege is a sign and promise for all the People of God. The Gospel for the day 15 August, is Luke 1:39-59 which includes Mary's jubilant song of praise. It's a mosaic of phrases from the Old Testament and relates in particular to the song of Hannah at her son Samuel's birth. Luke presents Mary bringing to fulfilment the long succession of Israel's "poor in spirit". She gathers their prayers together in one great hymn of blessing we call the Magnificat.
We too magnify the Lord by our prayer and action.
Mass of rededication of Aotearoa New Zealand to Mary Mother of God
While the bishops will gather for Mass on Sunday 15 August at St. Mary of the Angels in Wellington, the same rededication rite will be made at every Mass in New Zealand on that day. It includes a simple form of the renewal of Baptismal promises, Asperges, prayer of rededication and perhaps concluding with the new words of the Ave Maria hymn.
The Rededication Blessing and Prayer pdf HERE
More Parish resources for the Feast of the Assumption
Words to the hymns prepared for the rededication Mass pdf HERE
Powerpoint with the words to two verses of Mō Maria HERE
Samoan finemat ceremony background notes and words to the chant used in the Penitential Rite at the Rededication Mass in Wellington pdf HERE