Assumption of Mary

Q. What is the Assumption of Mary?

A. The assumption of Mary is the dogma that at the end of her life on Earth, Mary was assumed into Heaven through the power of her Son. Her body did not decay in the grave. Today, August 15th is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. The Church has not defined whether Mary died and then was assumed or whether she was assumed into Heaven before death similar to Elijah and Enoch. Because Mary was sinless, she was not subject to death but she may have chosen to experience death in union with her son. Or, she may never have experienced death and just went straight to Heaven, body and soul. This Feast day has been celebrated since the year 650AD.


3 Responses to Assumption of Mary

  1. happy says:

    Hi Pam, Are you the only author on TBC now?

    I have a question about the Assumption of Mary. My friend (a cradle Catholic) was talking to me and recently had her “beliefs” rattled by her brother who has left the church.She spoke of the portion of Revelation 12:1 that speaks of the Lady with the baby. She spoke of how her whole life this was taught to her as the basis for the assumption of Mary and asked what I had learned in RCIA. I told her that I had not gotten to any of that and I did understand this to be dogma of the Church and perhaps there was no scriptural background for it.?! Her brother had really been hashing it over with her. Do you (or any of TBC followers) have a suggestion or information I might give to her on this subject?

    Most Appreciated and Blessings to you,
    Ally :)

  2. bfhu says:

    Oh I see Nan has posted today. I was beginning to wonder where everyone went too.

    As for the Assumption of Mary, it is not in scripture in any clear way. The vision of Mary in Heaven in Revelation can be used as an implication but Protestants will not accept it as any sort of proof.

    From Catholic Answers:
    Assumption. —The earliest known literary reference to the Assumption is found in the Greek work “De obitu S. Dominae”. Catholic faith, however, has always derived our knowledge of the mystery from Apostolic Tradition.

    Here is a short history:

    History of the Doctrine of the Assumption

    by Dr. Robert Schihl

    The constant faith (tradition, paradosis) of the Church affirms the belief in the Assumption of Mary.

    From the 5th Century:

    * the Feast of the Assumption of Mary was celebrated in Syria;

    The 5th and 6th Century:

    * the Apocryphal Books were testimony of a certain christian sense of the abhorency felt that the body of the Mother of God should lie in a sepulchre;

    The 6th Century:

    * the Feast of the Assumption was celebrated in Jerusalem (and perhaps even in Alexandria);

    From the 7th Century:

    * clear and explicit testimony was given on the Assumption of Mary in the Eastern Church; The same testimony is clear also in the Western Church (Gregory, Tours, 538-594);

    In the 9th Century:

    * the Feast of the Assumption was celebrated in Spain;

    From the 10th – 12th Century:

    * no dispute whatsoever in the Western Church; there was dispute over the false epistles of Jerome on the subject;

    In the 12th Century:

    * the Feast of the Assumption was celebrated in the city of Rome, and in France;

    From the 13th to present:

    * certain and undisputed faith in the Assumption of Mary in the universal Church;

    1950, Pope Pius XII, declared infallibly, ex cathedra:

    * “Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul to heavenly glory.”

    This is not going to prove anything to a Protestant but this doctrine was not a problem for me b/c of the OT examples of Enoch and Elijah. So it is not like Mary was the first and only one.

  3. happy says:

    Thanks for your time and effort! I will share this with her!

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