Feast Of The Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary – August 15

Feast Of The Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary – August 15

The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary.

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“And a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.”



Dear Faithful, today August 15th, the Catholic Faithful all over the earth celebrates together this glorious Feast Day of Our Lady, in commemoration of Her (Our Lady’s) Glorious Assumption Into Heaven.

Since the very beginning of The Church, the remains of those who had died in The Lord were lovingly gathered; sometimes at great risk of life. The Catacombs in Rome is such a place, where the remains or bones of those who had died were kept; and from the beginning The Faithful would meet there to pray for the souls of the departed and to offer The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass on behalf of their souls. The martyrs and those who had lived exemplary holy lives were believed to be already in Heaven and The Faithful would gather before their relics to implore their intercession from Heaven. This is evidenced not only in writings that survive to this day but also in the graffiti on the walls of the catacombs in Rome.  

The relics of countless Saints and Martyrs are with us today in Churches throughout the earth. Especially precious to us are the holy relics of The Apostles.
*But dear Faithful Catholic, you may travel the world OVER…. and you will never ever find ONE single relic of The Blessed Virgin Mary.

NOT ONE.

and that’s because there ARE none!

And don’t you think, dear reader, this to be an ASTONISHING fact, considering how The Early Church risked life and limb to lovingly gather up the remains of The Apostles and Martyrs to venerate them?

WHY then, are there no earthly remains of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Jesus’ own Dear Mother?

The Answer is simple and clear: because She was ASSUMED BODY and SOUL into HEAVEN.

I. The Sacred Scriptures 

We began this message today with the passage from Revelation that show Our Blessed Lady crowned Queen of Heaven:

Rev. 12

“And a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.”

The verses that follow show us the serpent, Satan the dragon making war with her ‘seed’, in fulfillment of the very FIRST prophesy in Genesis 3:15: “I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.”

*Are you having great trials and spiritual battles today?

GOOD!

It’s a sure sign you’re a child of Mary and the devil hates you because you’re ‘The Woman’s offspring’ through Christ her SON!

St.John called her ‘WOMAN‘ in his Gospel and he calls her ‘WOMAN‘ AGAIN in The Revelation: for SHE IS The Second EVE; the prophesied ‘WOMAN‘ that was to COME that would CRUSH the Serpent‘s HEAD when She said FIAT! YES! To God’s Redemptive Plan.

That’s why the devil HATES her so much, and that’s why souls that hate The Holy Catholic Faith very soon began to blaspheme MARY, Our Blessed Mother.
*But the verse JUST before this, tells us more:

“Then God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple; and there were flashes of lightning, loud noises, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail.” 

Revelations 11:19

St. John first saw The Temple of God and The Ark of The Covenant, and immediately in the next verse he sees The Woman clothed with the SUN and crowned QUEEN of Heaven.

THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY IS THE ARK of The COVENANT.

II.
 The Catechism

What exactly do we confess with the ancients in The Dogma of The Assumption of Mary?

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 The Dogma which recognizes The Blessed Virgin Mary’s singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection by which she was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, when the course of her earthly life was finished. (Catechism of The Catholic Church, Glossary: p. 867)

2   #966  “Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death. (Lumen Gentium 59; cf Pope Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus). 

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians:

“In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death.”

(Byzantine Liturgy, Tropariion-Feast of The Dormition, Aug.15th).
*So often those who try to refute The Holy Catholic Faith accuse The Holy Catholic Church of ‘inventing Doctrines and Dogmas.’

But here we see that The Eastern Churches confess this Dogma together with us in a very similar way, calling it ‘The Feast of The Dormition of The Blessed Virgin Mary.’

But is there further historical evidence that proves this Dogma that all Catholics are obliged- indeed REJOICE!- to receive?

III
.  The Assumption: Saints and Fathers.



*This longstanding Sacred Tradition of the belief of The Assumption can be found in the historical record in the writings of many Saints, most notably St. John Damascene, St. Andrew of Crete, St. Modestus of Jerusalem and St. Gregory of Tours. In the interest of time we will examine but a few today, that you might be strengthened and confirmed in The Holy Catholic Faith once delivered to The Saints.

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.  325 A.D. – Eusebius of Caesarea 

Eusebius wrote a History of The Early Church. He wrote that not only was our Blessed Lady assumed into Heaven but that it had been reveled to her by The Holy Ghost afore hand.

He wrote:

The virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, is taken up to her son in heaven, as some write had been revealed to her.”

(Chronological Tables Year 46 A.D. in some manuscripts).


2
.   262 A.D. – St. Gregory the Wonderworker.

Nearly a 100 years BEFORE Eusebius, The Early Church Historian, St. Gregory was preaching The Assumption:

“Come, then, you too, dearly beloved, and let us chant the melody which has been taught us by the inspired harp of David, and say, Arise, O Lord, into Your rest; You, and the ark of Your sanctuary. For the holy Virgin is in truth an ark, wrought with gold both within and without, that has received the whole treasury of the sanctuary. … Hearken, O daughter, and see, and incline your ear, and forget your own people and your father’s house; so shall the King greatly desire your beauty: for He is the Lord your God, and you shall worship Him. Hearken, O daughter, to the things which were prophesied beforetime of you, in order that you may also behold the things themselves with the eyes of understanding.” 

(Homily 1 on the Annunciation).
*In this homily or sermon by St. Gregory The Wonder-Worker, (AD 272) not only do we find The Early Church confessed The Assumption of Mary, but they also already had a THEOLOGY of Mary

(1). That She was The Ark of The Covenant and (2). That she was and is, Queen of Heaven.

He quotes two prophecies about Mary’s Assumption: One in which David tells the Messiah to “Arise” with His ark (Psalms 132:8), (which Gregory says is Mary), and a SECOND which is about the vision of the Queen of Heaven standing at the right hand of the Messiah (Psalms 45: 11). 

In preaching that Mary “arose” bodily and that she is now in heaven, body and soul, St. Gregory is one of the EARLIEST witnesses in the historical record to the belief in Mary’s Assumption. (3). A mere 500 years after Pentecost, The Holy Catholic Church was still preaching and confessing The Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary.

3. Bishop Theoteknos of Livias (c. 550650). 

“For Christ took His immaculate flesh from the immaculate flesh of Mary, and if He had prepared a place in heaven for the Apostles, how much more for His mother; if Enoch had been translated and Elijah had gone to heaven, how much more Mary, who like the moon in the midst of the stars shines forth and excels among the prophets and Apostles? For even though her God-bearing body tasted death, it did not undergo corruption, but was preserved incorrupt and undefiled and taken up into heaven with its pure and spotless soul.”

4. St. John Damascene (d. 749) writes this concerning the Assumption: 

St. Juvenal, Bishop of Jerusalem, at the Council of Chalcedon (451), made known to the Emperor Marcian and Pulcheria, who wished to possess the body of the Mother of God, that Mary died in the presence of the Apostles, but that her tomb, when opened upon the request of St. Thomas, was found empty; wherefrom the Apostles confessed that her   was taken up to heaven.” 


5. 
Liber Requiei Mariae – 200 A.D. – “And our Lord said to them: ‘Let them bring the body of Mary into the clouds.’ … And when they arrived together in Paradise, they placed the body of Mary beside the tree of life. And they brought her soul and placed it upon her body. And our Lord dismissed his angels to their places.” 

(Liber Requiei Mariae 89, as it appears in Shoemaker, Ancient Traditions of Mary’s Dormition and Assumption. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. p. 163-164).
*Dear Faithful, time does not permit us here to list more quotes from Saints Confessors and Doctors of The Church who joyfully confessed the glorious Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary; but these things we have written today that we might rejoice together with them in The Assumption of Our Blessed Lady.

JESUS has a MOMMA!

and He gave her to us from The Cross at His Most Sacred Passion to be our very OWN dear mother: and when her race on earth was finished and she fell asleep, The Lord Jesus-Who conquered death and IS The Resurrection and The Life, RAISED UP His Dear Mother into Heaven to be with Him forever, a foretaste of our OWN Resurrection-

and He crowned her!

Queen of Heaven!

Queen of Saints and Angels!

Where with Jesus and all The Saints and Angels she intercedes for us today! 
HAVE you THANKED her today, for saying ‘FIAT’ to Jesus that your soul might be saved?
Let’s do that right NOW! 

Pray with me, first in the words of the 

Sub Tuum Praesidium the most ancient known-prayer to Our Lady-(AD 200) and then an AVE:
+We fly to thy patronage, O Holy Mother of God; 

despise not our petitions in our necessities, 

but deliver us always from all dangers, 

O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Amen.

AVE
MARIA, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.
GLORIA PATRI, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto. Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper, et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Rejoicing in The Assumption of The Blessed  Virgin Mary.

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We thank each one of you and may The Lord bless you abundantly. Amen. 

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