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Was This Statue Of ‘Our Lady Of The Forsaken’, Carved By Angels?  

Was This Statue Of ‘Our Lady Of The Forsaken’, Carved By Angels?  

She is the patroness of the city of Valencia, Spain, and the statue dates back to a priest’s desire to help the bullied. 

Legend tells, on 24 February 1409, a Friday at the beginning of Lent, a  mercedarian priest called Father Joan Gilabert Jofréwas on his way from the convent on Mercy Square to St. Catherine’s (Santa Catalina) cathedral church in Valencia, Spain to say Mass. On the way, on Silverworks Street, (now Martin Mengod Street) he witnessed the lynching of a mentally ill man and intervened to save the man. 

Father Jofre hurried over to the small crowd and demanded they stop hurting one of God’s children. Father Jofre rescued the man, who suffered from mental illness, and brought him to the Mercedarian monastery where he was given shelter and had his wounds tended to. The following Sunday at Mass, he preached his first homily about the mentally ill.

In the homily, he included a plea for funds to start a place to care for and shelter people afflicted with mental illness. 

A manuscript of Manuel Calvo dated 22 December 1848, reads:

“En la present ciutat ha molta obra pia é de gran caritat é sustentació: emperò una n’hi manca, que’s de gran necessitat, so es un hospital o casa on los pobres innocents é furiosos fossen acollits car molts pobres, innocents e furiosos van per aquesta ciutat, los cual passen gran desayres de fam e de fret e injuries, per tal como sa innocènsia i furor no saben guanyar ni demanar lo que han menester en sustentació de llur vida, e perço dormen per les carreres e perijen de fam e de fret, e moltes malvades persones no havent Deu devant sa consciència; los fan moltes injuries e senyaladament allà aon les troben endormits, los nafren i maten y algunes fembres innocents; aconteix així mateix que los pobres furiosos fan dany a mòltes persones anant per la ciutat. Aquestes coses son noties a tota la ciutat de València, perquè serià sancta cosa é obra molt sancta que en la ciutat de València fos feta una habitació ó hospital en què semblants folls é innocents estiguessin en tal manera que no anassen per la ciutat ni poguessin fer dany ni els en fos fet”.

Translated, the passage reads:

“In this city, one finds many very important pious and charitable works; however, there is one great need, and that is a hospital or a house where the innocent, the poor and the mad can be cared for. There are many such people wandering this city, suffering from cold and hunger because they cannot earn a living or ask for help. They sleep on the streets, starving and cold. Many wicked people, who do not have God in their hearts insult them, point at them when they are asleep, injure and kill them and rape innocent women. It also happens that some of those who are mad attack citizens on the streets. Everyone in Valencia knows this. It would be a very good thing, a very Holy work if Valencia were to build a house or a hospital where the innocent poor and the mad could be housed so that they would not be on the streets being hurt nor making trouble.”

He was so forceful in his words that the merchants, craftsmen, and businessmen at the Mass gave generously. The money became available, and before long a home and hospital were opened and dedicated to the Blessed Mother under the title of “Our Lady of Innocents.”

On August 29, 1414, a Brotherhood was founded and dedicated to caring for the mentally ill. It was called the Brotherhood of Our Lady of the Insane and the Forsaken Innocents.

A situation arose that resulted in the name soon being changed: A famine had struck the land, and many children had been orphaned. The Brotherhood quickly extended its care to not only the mentally ill but to the many orphaned children wandering the streets of Valencia. They refined the title, and the new dedication was to Our Lady of the Forsaken.

Father Jofre and his brother friars realized the hospital was lacking a prayer room. They built an oratory and when they were finished, knew it was missing something; that something was a statue of their patroness, Our Lady of the Forsaken. Since there was no such statue, they entered into prayer for help in acquiring one.

Legend has it that soon after, three handsome young men knocked on the door seeking refuge. They offered to carve the needed statue as payment for allowing them to stay. They only asked to be left alone to work for at least three days. The friars accepted the offer.

As the three days went by, the three young men remained locked inside the room. The Friars would listen by the door, but no sound was ever heard. At the end of the third day, they again knocked on the door, but there was no answer. Finally, they forced open the door only to find the three men gone. Who were these handsome men? Their identity was never discovered but most folks quickly came to believe they were angels sent by God. Thus began the legend called “Elferen els angels” — “Made by the Angels.”

What the Friars found in the center of the room was a magnificent statue that the men had created. Miracles began to happen, starting with the wife of a member of the Brotherhood. Paralyzed and blind, she was completely cured. 

The statue was considered “majestic and protective.” The people saw in the depiction of Our Lady a representation of goodness, mercy, and assistance.

In 1885 the statue was named the Virgen de los Desamparados or Our Lady of the Forsaken and declared the Patroness of Valencia.

Today, there is a Basilica of Our Lady of the Forsaken in Valencia, where the statue is on display. Every year on the second Sunday of May, a huge festival is held in honor of Our Lady of the Forsaken. As St. Bonaventure said:

When all human help fails, it is imperative that we not despair. For normally in this extreme situation, the divine help of Mary comes.

Virgen de Los DesamparadosOur Lady of the Forsaken, please pray for us.

October With Mary

October With Mary


​OCTOBER WITH MARY

According to Our Lady’s Blue Book, page 51, the underlisted are suggested practices to make the month of October more beneficial to yourself and pleasing to Our Lady:

1. Attend Holy Mass and receive Holy Coomunion daily, as often as possible.

2. Try to overcome some bad habits and acquire the opposite virtue.

3. Ask Our Lord to give you the grace to imitate the virtues of His Mother.

4. Promote devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary.

5. Recite the Holy Rosary daily.
Here are some tips to help you pray the rosary daily.

1– Pray the rosary early morning before you go to work. That way, you will not get fixed and fail to get time.

2– Most Churches will be having rosary prayers daily either after benediction and Holy Mass or before. Get in touch with your parish and find out the time of the October devotion. Rosary is more efficacious when prayed in a group.

3– Make mandatory recitation with your family.

Mother Mary encourages us to pray the rosary in our families for peace.

4– Make time for this important devotion. Cut down on activities that give no benefit to your soul.

5Be creative: You can recite a rosary while in a bus, in a traffic, on the way to or from work, you can download an audio rosary app and use headphones to pray when you are free at work or travelling, 

6– Learn the prayers and mysteries by heart, that way you can always recite it whenever you get  free time.

7– Prepare your daily to do list alloting time to each, to enable you know the exact time you can pray the rosary.

8– Pray the rosary slowly and with meditation, do not rush the prayer.

9– Encourage and remind all your friends using all means possible, eg social media about October devotion.

10– Learn to love the rosary, you will enjoy the benefits both in this life and the next.
Below are some of the reasons we should pray the Holy Rosary daily:

   “Among all the devotions approved by the Church none has been so favored by so many miracles as the devotion of the Most Holy Rosary” (Pope Pius IX). 

   “Say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world” (Our Lady of Fátima). 

•    “There is no surer means of calling down God’s blessings upon the family . . . than the daily recitation of the Rosary” (Pope Pius XII). 

•    “We do not hesitate to affirm again publicly that we put great confidence in the Holy Rosary for the healing of evils of our times” (Pope Pius XII). 

•    “No one can live continually in sin and continue to say the Rosary: either they will give up sin or they will give up the Rosary” (Bishop Hugh Doyle). 

•    “The Rosary is a magnificent and universal prayer for the needs of the Church, the nations and the entire world” (Pope John XXIII). 

•    “The Rosary is the compendium of the entire Gospel” (Pope Paul VI quoting Pope Pius XII). 

•    “Meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary . . . can be an excellent preparation for the celebration of those same mysteries in the liturgical actions [i.e. the  Mass] and can also become a continuing echo thereof” (Pope Paul VI). 

•    “My impression is that the Rosary is of the greatest value not only according to the words of Our Lady at Fátima, but according to the effects of the Rosary one sees throughout history. My impression is that Our Lady wanted to give ordinary people, who might not know how to pray, this simple method of getting closer to God” (Sister Lucia, one of the seers of Fátima). 

•    “How beautiful is the family that recites the Rosary every evening” (Pope John Paul II). 

•    Pope John Paul II has called the Rosary his “favorite prayer,” after the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours. 

•    St. Louis de Montfort warns us against both the ignorant and scholars who regard the Rosary as something of little importance...”the Rosary is a priceless treasure inspired by God.” 

•      St. Padre Pio called the rosary “My Weapon”, and usually had a rosary in his hand at all times.

•      St. Bartolo Longo was a satanist who became a saint after rejecting the devil, by promoting the Holy Rosary. 

•      St. John Vianney, patron of priests, was seldom seen without a rosary in hand. 

•      St. Francis de Sales said the greatest method of praying is – Pray the Rosary. 

•      Europe was saved from being taken over by the Muslim Turks at the Battle of Lepanto, after the Pope told his outnumbered forces to pray the Holy Rosary  before the battle in the year 7 October 1571.
Rosary Promises (Pieta, page 37).

1. Whoever shall faithfully serve me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall receive signal graces. 

2. I promise my special protection and the greatest graces to all those who shall recite the Rosary. 

3. The Rosary shall be a powerful armor against hell, it will destroy vice, decrease sin, and defeat heresies. 

4. It will cause virtue and good works to flourish; it will obtain for souls the abundant mercy of God; it will withdraw the hearts of people from the love of the world and its vanities, and will lift them to the desire of eternal things. Oh, that souls would sanctify themselves by this means. 

5. The soul which recommends itself to me by the recitation of the Rosary, shall not perish. 

6. Whoever shall recite the Rosary devoutly, applying himself to the consideration of its Sacred Mysteries shall never be conquered by misfortune. God will not chastise him in His justice, he shall not perish by an unprovided death; if he be just, he shall remain in the grace of God, and become worthy of eternal life. 

7. Whoever shall have a true devotion for the Rosary shall not die without the Sacraments of the Church. 

8. Those who are faithful to recite the Rosary shall have during their life and at their death the light of God and the plenitude of His graces; at the moment of death they shall participate in the merits of the Saints in Paradise. 

9. I shall deliver from purgatory those who have been devoted to the Rosary. 

10. The faithful children of the Rosary shall merit a high degree of glory in Heaven. 

11. You shall obtain all you ask of me by the recitation of the Rosary. 

12. All those who propagate the Holy Rosary shall be aided by me in their necessities. 

13. I have obtained from my Divine Son that all the advocates of the Rosary shall have for intercessors the entire celestial court during their life and at the hour of death. 

14. All who recite the Rosary are my children, and brothers and sisters of my only Son, Jesus Christ. 

15. Devotion of my Rosary is a great sign of predestination.

May God through Our Lady grant us the grace to give our best in this year’s October devotion for God’s glory, honour to Our Lady and for our spiritual upliftment and that of others around us, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

12 Things Every Catholic Should know And Share About The Assumption Of Mary 

12 Things Every Catholic Should know And Share About The Assumption Of Mary 

August 15 is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. Here are 12 things to know and share…

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In the United States, the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary is a holy day of obligation (in years when it does not fall on a Monday).

What is the Assumption of Mary, how did it come to be defined, and what relevance does it have for our lives?

Here are 12 things to know and share … 

1) What is the Assumption of Mary?

The Assumption of Mary is the teaching 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 [Pius XIIMunificentissimus Deus 44].

2) What level of authority does this teaching have?

This teaching was infallibly defined by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950 in the bull Munificentissimus Deus (Latin, “Most Bountiful God”).

As Pius XII explained, this is “a divinely revealed dogma” (ibid.).

This means that it is a dogma in the proper sense. It is thus a matter of faith that has been divinely revealed by God and that has been infallibly proposed by the Magisterium of the Church as such.

3) Does that mean it is an “ex cathedra” statement and that we have to believe it?

Yes. Since it is a dogma defined by the Pope (rather than by an ecumenical council, for example), it is also an “ex cathedra” statement (one delivered “from the chair” of Peter).

Because it is infallibly defined, it calls for the definitive assent of the faithful.

Pope John Paul II explained:

The definition of the dogma, in conformity with the universal faith of the People of God, definitively excludes every doubt and calls for the express assent of all Christians [General Audience, July 2, 1997].

Note that all infallibly defined teachings are things we are obliged to believe, even if they aren’t defined “ex cathedra” (by the pope acting on his own).

The bishops of the world teaching in union with the pope (either in an ecumenical council or otherwise) can also infallibly define matters, but these aren’t called “ex cathedra” since that term refers specifically to the exercise of the Pope’s authority as the successor of St. Peter. (It’s Peter’s cathedra or “chair” that symbolizes the pope’s authority).

4) Does the dogma require us to believe that Mary died?

It is the common teaching that Mary did die. In his work, Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma, Ludwig Ott lists this teaching as sententia communior (Latin, “the more common opinion”).

Although it is the common understanding of the Church, that Mary did die, and although her death is referred to in some of the sources Pius XII cited in Munificentissimus Deus, he deliberately refrained from defining this as a truth of the faith.

John Paul II noted:

On 1 November 1950, in defining the dogma of the Assumption, Pius XII avoided using the term “resurrection” and did not take a position on the question of the Blessed Virgin’s death as a truth of faith.

The Bull Munificentissimus Deus limits itself to affirming the elevation of Mary’s body to heavenly glory, declaring this truth a “divinely revealed dogma.”

5) Why should Mary die if she was free from Original Sin and its stain?

Being free of Original Sin and its stain is not the same thing as being in a glorified, deathless condition.

Jesus was also free of Original Sin and its stain, but he could—and did—die.

Expressing a common view among theologians, Ludwig Ott writes:

For Mary, death, in consequence of her freedom from original sin and from personal sin, was not a consequence of punishment of sin.

However, it seems fitting that Mary’s body, which was by nature mortal, should be, in conformity with that of her Divine Son, subject to the general law of death.

6) What are the earliest surviving references to Mary’s Assumption?

John Paul II noted:

The first trace of belief in the Virgin’s Assumption can be found in the apocryphal accounts entitled Transitus Mariae [Latin, “The Crossing Over of Mary”], whose origin dates to the second and third centuries.

These are popular and sometimes romanticized depictions, which in this case, however, pick up an intuition of faith on the part of God’s People.

7) How did the recognition of Mary’s Assumption develop in the East?

John Paul II noted:

There was a long period of growing reflection on Mary’s destiny in the next world.

This gradually led the faithful to believe in the glorious raising of the Mother of Jesus, in body and soul, and to the institution in the East of the liturgical feasts of the Dormition [“falling asleep”—i.e., death] and Assumption of Mary.

8) How did Pius XII prepare for the definition of the Assumption?

John Paul II noted:

In May 1946, with the Encyclical Deiparae Virginis Mariae, Pius XII called for a broad consultation, inquiring among the Bishops and, through them, among the clergy and the People of God as to the possibility and opportuneness of defining the bodily assumption of Mary as a dogma of faith.

The result was extremely positive: only six answers out of 1,181 showed any reservations about the revealed character of this truth.

9) What Scriptural basis is there for the teaching?

John Paul II noted:

Although the New Testament does not explicitly affirm Mary’s Assumption, it offers a basis for it because it strongly emphasized the Blessed Virgin’s perfect union with Jesus’ destiny.

This union, which is manifested, from the time of the Savior’s miraculous conception, in the Mother’s participation in her Son’s mission and especially in her association with his redemptive sacrifice, cannot fail to require a continuation after death.

Perfectly united with the life and saving work of Jesus, Mary shares his heavenly destiny in body and soul.

There are, thus, passages in Scripture that resonate with the Assumption, even though they do not spell it out.

10) What are some specific Old Testament passages?

Pope Pius XII pointed to several passages that have been legitimately used in a “rather free” manner to explain belief in the Assumption (meaning: these passages resonate with it in various ways, but they don’t provide explicit proof):

Often there are theologians and preachers who, following in the footsteps of the holy Fathers, have been rather free in their use of events and expressions taken from Sacred Scripture to explain their belief in the Assumption.

Thus, to mention only a few of the texts rather frequently cited in this fashion, some have employed the words of the psalmist:

“Arise, O Lord, into your resting place: you and the ark, which you have sanctified” (Ps. 131:8);

and have looked upon the Ark of the Covenant, built of incorruptible wood and placed in the Lord’s temple, as a type of the most pure body of the Virgin Mary, preserved and exempt from all the corruption of the tomb and raised up to such glory in heaven.

Treating of this subject, they also describe her as the Queen entering triumphantly into the royal halls of heaven and sitting at the right hand of the divine Redeemer (Ps. 44:10-14ff).

Likewise they mention the Spouse of the Canticles “that goes up by the desert, as a pillar of smoke of aromatical spices, of myrrh and frankincense” to be crowned (Song 3:6; cf. also 4:8, 6:9).

These are proposed as depicting that heavenly Queen and heavenly Spouse who has been lifted up to the courts of heaven with the divine Bridegroom [Munificentissimus Deus 26]. 

11) What are some specific New Testament passages?

Pius XII continued:

Moreover, the scholastic Doctors have recognized the Assumption of the Virgin Mother of God as something signified, not only in various figures of the Old Testament, but also in that woman clothed with the sun whom John the Apostle contemplated on the Island of Patmos (Rev. 12:1ff).

Similarly they have given special attention to these words of the New Testament: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women”(Luke 1:28), since they saw, in the mystery of the Assumption, the fulfillment of that most perfect grace granted to the Blessed Virgin and the special blessing that countered the curse of Eve [Munificentissimus Deus 27].

12) How can we apply this teaching to our everyday lives?

According to Pope Benedict XVI:

By contemplating Mary in heavenly glory, we understand that the earth is not the definitive homeland for us either, and that if we live with our gaze fixed on eternal goods we will one day share in this same glory and the earth will become more beautiful.

Consequently, we must not lose our serenity and peace even amid the thousands of daily difficulties. The luminous sign of Our Lady taken up into Heaven shines out even more brightly when sad shadows of suffering and violence seem to loom on the horizon.

We may be sure of it: from on high, Mary follows our footsteps with gentle concern, dispels the gloom in moments of darkness and distress, reassures us with her motherly hand.

Supported by awareness of this, let us continue confidently on our path of Christian commitment wherever Providence may lead us. Let us forge ahead in our lives under Mary’s guidance [General Audience, August 16, 2006].

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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