Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of all men,
We believe, with all the fervor of our faith, your glorious Assumption into Heaven which thou didst enter soul and body, where the chorus of all Angels and Saints acclaimed thee as Queen; and we join our voices to theirs in thanking and praising the Lord who has exalted thee above all other creatures and in presenting thee our most sincere desires of affection and love....
We have the most comforting certitude that thine eyes, having wept once on this earth which as sprinkled with Jesus' Blood, are still gazing on this world, a prey to wars, a place of persecution and oppression of the just and the weak; and in the darkness of this vale of tears we expect from thy heavenly light and thy tender compassion help in the needs of our hearts, help in the trials of the Church and of our country.
Finally we believe that thou, in the glory where thou art reigning, clothed with the sun and crowned with the stars, art after Jesus the happiness and the felicity of all angels and saints; and from this world where we pass as pilgrims, strengthened with the faith in the coming resurrection, we lift our eyes up to thee, our life, our sweetness, our hope; attract us with the sweetness of thy voice, so that thou mayest show us, after our exile, Jesus the blessed Fruit of thy womb, O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
From the prayer written and prayed by Venerable Pope Pius XII on the eve of the proclamation of the dogma of the Assumption