O God, you have taken to yourself the blessed Virgin Mary, mother of your incarnate Son: Grant that we, who have been redeemed by his blood, may share with her the glory of your eternal kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
~Collect for the Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin
|The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary |
|Dormition of the Theotokos|
I like the following excerpt from Lesser Feasts and Fasts, as I think it well expresses our via media within the Church universal on this point:
|Mary, Queen of the Apostles|
The text concludes by referencing a verse of the hymn Ye Watchers and Ye Holy Ones:
O higher than the cherubim,
More glorious than the seraphim,
Lead their praises, Alleluia!
Thou bearer of the eternal Word,
Most gracious, magnify the Lord,
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia,