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Novena for the Assumption of Mary - Day 3


Mary, our Mother, though your body was separated from your soul in death, your soul was reunited to your incorrupt body, at your Assumption, and you were taken up into heaven by angels.  The bodies of even the just are corrupted after death.  Only on the last day will they be joined, each to its own glorious soul.  But God will that you should be exempt from this general rule, because by an entirely singular privilege, you completely overcame sin by your Immaculate Conception.  Corruption is a consequence of sin, but you were sinless.  You did not have to wait until the end of time for the resurrection of your body.  As the body of your Divine Son was preserved from the corruption of the grave, so you from whom He took flesh, were also free from the power of earthly decay.  Your body, which was the living tabernacle of the Eternal God and the temple of the Adorable Trinity, was not meant to crumble into dust in the grave.

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