Hello to all ,especially to the new members! It is already August and it is still hot around here! the feast of the Assumption is just around the corner. As we Catholics all know,this day we commemorate and celebrate the earthly death of the Blessed Virgin and her assumption of both her body and soul into heaven where she will untimately be crowned Queen of heaven and earth. She will also be reunited with her divine Son, staying on earth abit longer while the early church was in it's baby stages. This day is a holy day of obligation in many countries. Let's hope we all make it to mass on that day!
The feast of her Assumption , which we meditate and ponder on the 4th Glorious mysteries of the rosary, has been celebrated by the early eastern church by at least the 6th century. It has been documented in a letter of "The Falling Asleep of the Mother of God" from the 4th century. St. John recalls the events of the Blessed Virgin passing at Jerusalem or Ephesus, where St. John lived at the time of her passing. After the death of Jesus on the cross, Mary stayed with St. John per Jesus' wishes. It has been the opinion per Pope Pius Xll, that when he proclaimed the dogma of the Blessed Virgin in "Munificentissimus Deus " that he verifies that it is a dogma, under pain of being cut off of the Catholic faith, that the Blessed Virgin was assummed body and soul into heaven, making some reference to her death prior to the doing so. He states that "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." This dogma was declared on November 1,1950. Some theologians feel the Blessed Virgin may have only fallen asleep, as she was without stain of sin, and death being the penalty of sin, it seemed logical that she did not have to die like the rest of us. But it also seems likely that the Blessed Virgin wanted to follwo in the footsteps of her Son and pass thru death to eternal life.
I think it would be wonderful to have her there at our death to guide us to heaven.Let us all invoke her for a holy and happy death!
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