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Novena for the Assumption of Mary - Day 1

O Mary, Mother of God, your death was entirely free from whatever might make death bitter: attachment to the world, remorse for sins, and the uncertainty of salvation.  Rather, your death was accompanied by three graces that made it precious and full of joy.  You died as you had lived: entirely detached from the things of this world, you died in the most perfect peace, and in the certainty of eternal glory.

O Mary, assumed into heaven, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

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O Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Mother of men, we believe with all the fervor of our faith in your triumphal Assumption into Heaven, body and soul, where you are acclaimed as Queen by all the choirs of angels, and the countless multitude of saints. We unite with them in thanking and praising God who has exalted you above all the heavenly hosts. 

In your mercy, dearest Mother, look down upon our miseries and our sorrows, upon our struggles and our weaknesses. Help us to remain pure in mind and body, to bear the crosses of life, and to live and die in close union with your Divine Son. Intercede with Him on our behalf, and obtain the graces and favors we ask in this Novena (here mention your requests). 

O Mary conceived without sin,
Pray for us who have recourse to thee.