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Ascension and Pentecost

Ascension and Pentecost

– Compiled under the direction of Father Johann Roten, S.M.

This index of material included in the All About Mary website, brings together resources that pertain to these feasts. Additional resources may also be available by using the provided search tools.


Mary, Queen of Apostles / Celebrated on the Saturday between Ascension and Pentecost – See: Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Easter Season)

Where did the title Mary Queen of Apostles come from? See: Queen of Apostles

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Teacher in the Spirit – See: Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Ordinary Time)

Magisterial Documents

Theme: The Life of Mary: Pentecost
Among the document references, this from Behold Your Mother: There are striking likenesses between the Annunciation and Pentecost. Mary, the great mother figure for the Church, is present not only at the Annunciation, but praying with her Son's disciples before Pentecost. 79 See: Magisterial Documents: The Life of Mary

Theme: Mary and the Holy Spirit: General
Among the document references, this from Marialis Cultus: In the Virgin Mary everything is relative to Christ and dependent upon Him. It was with a view to Christ that God the Father from all eternity chose her to be the all-holy Mother and adorned her with gifts of the Spirit granted to no one else. 25 See: Magisterial Documents: Mary and the Holy Spirit

Theme: Mary and the Holy Spirit: Overshadowed by the Spirit (Incarnation)
Among the document references, this from Behold Your Mother: Any correct understanding of Mary's role must be seen in connection with the predominant role of the Holy Spirit. ... St. Luke presents Mary as the humble woman overshadowed by the Holy Spirit in order that Christ be formed. "God sent his Son born of a woman.... that we might receive the adoption of sons" (Gal 4:4). (LG 52) 112. See: Magisterial Documents: Mary and the Holy Spirit

Theme: Mary and the Holy Spirit: Fashioned by the Spirit (Her whole existence)
Among the document references, this from Marialis Cultus: Theological reflection and the liturgy have in fact noted how the sanctifying intervention of the Spirit in the Virgin of Nazareth was a culminating moment of the Spirit's action in the history of salvation. Thus, for example, some Fathers and writers of the Church attributed to the work of the Spirit the original holiness of Mary, who was as it were "fashioned by the Holy Spirit into a kind of new substance and new creature." (LG 56) 26 See: Magisterial Documents: Mary and the Holy Spirit

Theme: Mary and the Holy Spirit: Fullness of Grace
Among the document references, this from Signum Magnum: It was this perfect harmony between divine grace and her own human activity that gave honor to the Blessed Trinity and made her the crowning glory of the Church. 16 See: Magisterial Documents: Mary and the Holy Spirit


The Holy Spirit and Mary
This collection covers the themes: The Year of the Holy Spirit, 1998; Sacred Scripture Concerning the Holy Spirit and Mary; Mary as Image of the Holy Spirit; Marialis Cultus: The Holy Spirit and Marian Devotion; Recent Magisterial Teachings on the Holy Spirit and Mary; The Holy Spirit and Mary in Iconography See: Holy Spirit and Mary

Mary, Mother of the Church
After fifty days of joyous celebration, the Easter Season solemnly closes each year with the great feast of Pentecost Sunday. This has been traditionally called the "birthday" of the Church , that day when "all were filled with the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:4) Pentecost occurs ten days after the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ....
A reflection by Rev. Matthew R. Mauriello, See: Mother of the Church

Who Was Mary?
In this reflection, the author writes: At the end of her beloved Son's terrible passion and atrocious death, then his glorious Resurrection and Ascension, St. Luke tells us in the Acts of the Apostles that the Mother of Jesus was in the upper room with fearful apostles awaiting the outpouring of the Pentecostal Spirit. Hers was an extraordinarily significant presence to the fledgling Church. The apostles were new shepherds (pastors) of Christ's Church. The Mother of Jesus is in their midst, forgiving and reconciling the disciples.... See: Who was Mary?

Mary's Apostolic Mission And Our Participation
The Vision of Venerable William Joseph Chaminade developed by Father Emil Neubert, S.M., Brother John M. Samaha, S.M. See: Marianist Spirituality: Apostolic Mission

Present in Every Sunday of the Church
On May 31, 1998, the feast of Pentecost, the Holy Father addressed to all bishops, clergy, and faithful the apostolic letter Dies Domini on the "sanctification of the Lord's Day." The text is clear and divided into five chapters: 1) Day of the Lord; 2) Day of Christ; 3) Day of the Church; 4) Day of the Person; 5) Day of Days. Subtitles within the chapters give further expressive and suggestive names for Sunday: "day of the new creation," "day of Christ the Light," "day of the gift of the Holy Spirit" .... by Rev. Ignacio Calabuig, OSM. See: Sunday, Day of the Lord


Novena Prayers to Mary, Queen of Apostles
Devotion to Mary as Queen of Apostles is one of the oldest devotions in the Church.... See: Novena to Queen of Apostles

The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
Ascension and Pentecost reflections based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church. See: Rosary: Mystery Reflections


See: Icons (Kinds of Marian Icons)

This article contains several masterpieces depicting various scenes with the Holy Spirit and Mary. See: Holy Spirit and Mary

Image shown: The Pentecost, Bohemian Master c. 1413-1415

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