CNA — Catholics and many other Christians celebrate the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on this Holy Day of Obligation, recalling the spiritual and physical departure of the mother of Jesus Christ from the earth, when both her soul and her body were taken into the presence of God. The constitution also cited testimonies from the early Church fathers on the subject, and described the history of theological reflection on many Biblical passages which are seen as indicating that Mary was assumed into heaven following her death. John of Damascus, in his own authoritative definition of her assumption.
Maryalso called St. Mary or the Virgin Maryflourished beginning of the Christian erathe mother of Jesusvenerated in the Christian church since the apostolic age and a favourite subject in Western artmusicand literature. Mary is known from biblical references, which are, however, too sparse to construct a coherent biography.
Happy Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary! This poem by Thomas Merton seems to have some allusions to her assumption into heaven. We pray you are enriched by it, and may she be very present to all of us today.
In the United States, it 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? This means that it is a dogma in the proper sense.
The Solemnity of the Assumption, known as the Feast of the Dormition falling asleep of Mary in Eastern Churches, commemorates Mary's assumption into heaven at the end of her life. Prayers: Assumption Prayers. In this pronouncement, which was infallible, he was officially stating what the Church, East and West, had believed for hundreds of years.
In the Catholic Churchthe veneration of Mary, mother of Jesusencompasses various Marian devotions which include prayer, pious acts, visual arts, poetry, and music devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The term " Mariolatry " is a Protestant pejorative label for perceived excessive Catholic devotion to Mary. Belief in the incarnation of God the Son through Mary is the basis for calling her the Mother of Godwhich was declared a dogma at the Council of Ephesus in
The title derived in part from the ancient Catholic teaching that Mary, at the end of her earthly life, was bodily and spiritually assumed into heaven, and that she is there honored as Queen. He, the Son of God, reflects on His heavenly Mother the glory, the majesty and the dominion of His kingship, for, having been associated to the King of Martyrs in the Jesus is King throughout all eternity by nature and by right of conquest: through Him, with Him, and subordinate to Him, Mary is Queen by grace, by divine relationship, by right of conquest, and by singular choice [of the Father].
Besides being supported by the constant tradition of the Church, belief in the Assumption is also justified on theological grounds. The blood of Jesus, as Dr. Too often, we think of heaven as an abstract, non-material, spiritual existence. By extension, the Assumption also affirms the dignity of our earthly bodies.
Washington D. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the holiday — and the mystery behind it — has its roots in the earliest centuries of Christian belief. Matthew Bunson.
Celebrated every year on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven, before her body could begin to decay—a foretaste of our own bodily resurrection at the end of time. Because it signifies the Blessed Virgin's passing into eternal life, it is the most important of all Marian feasts as well as being a Holy Day of Obligation. The Feast of the Assumption is one of the oldest holy days in the Church, with accounts of celebrations going back to the sixth century. Christians in the East, both Catholic and Orthodox refer to it as the Feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos, or "the falling asleep of the Mother of God.