Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary

Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary

 

For many Catholics who are not so acquainted with the teachings of the Catholic Church, and other non – Catholics, there may be the question about the last days of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and what happened to her after all. Today’s feast provides an answer to this question. Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6 talks about Mary and how she was taken to a place prepared for her. This is what is known as the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The word “assumption” can easily be misunderstood because of the change in meaning it has assumed over time. It doesn’t mean, as it usually does in contemporary English, a statement one holds without proof or demonstration. Assumption means, “to take up” and refers to Mary being “taken up” body and soul to heaven by God.
This is the most important of all Marian dogmas. This Feast of the Assumption is celebrated every year on the 15th of August. This dogma says, “That the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” It commemorates the death of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her assumption into heaven.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is different from the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus. While Jesus ascended into heaven, Mary was assumed. She didn’t go up to heaven herself, but was taken there by God. The Assumption is, therefore, the work of God. Note also, that Assumption does not mean that Mary didn’t die, but that after she died, she was taken up to heaven body and soul.

To say that this teaching is a dogma, is to say that it is a required belief for all Catholics; that no one has the right to say something different. To teach otherwise is to be heretical. It is of no use arguing against this teaching, because it is so clearly shown how Mary is favoured and privileged in a way no other person is or can be. There is a wonder around her that transcends human imaginations.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is not something contrary to the scriptures nor does it attribute to Mary an honour that does not belong to her.  It is a demonstration of the power of Christ – the resurrection is something we are to experience at the end of our earthly sojourn. Since she is in heaven with her son, let us confidently approach her to ask for her intercession, for the graces we need. In the second part of Hail Mary, we ask Mary to, “Pray for us sinners, now and the hour of our death.”
~Rev. Fr. Ejike Camillus Mbaka

“If anyone does not wish to have Mary Immaculate for his Mother, he will not have Christ for his Brother.”
~Saint Maximilian Kolbe.

Prayer:
LORD, YOU ARE WONDERFUL; YOU ARE GREAT; YOU ARE EXCELLENT. I BOW IN AWE OF YOUR GREAT DEEDS. MY MIND IS FILLED WITH GRATITUDE FOR THE WONDERS YOU HAVE DONE; FOR THE HONOUR DONE TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, I BLESS YOUR NAME.

I BELIEVE, O LORD THAT MARY IS YOUR BELOVED MOTHER, AND THAT YOU WOULD NOT ALLOW HER BODY TO KNOW CORRUPTION. I BELIEVE SHE WAS TAKEN UP TO HEAVEN, BODY AND SOUL. I BELIEVE THAT SHE IS THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN; SHE IS ALSO MY QUEEN. HELP ME LORD, TO FOLLOW THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARY SO THAT I TOO MAY ENJOY THE BEATIFIC VISION.

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