My Notes on the Doctrine of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary

(1) WHAT is the doctrine of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary?

  • CCC 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.” The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians: (491)

  • 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, Troparion, Feast of the Dormition, August 15th)

(2) Mary did NOT ascend into heaven, she was assumed into heaven

  • Whereas Christ “ascended” into heaven by his own power, Mary was “assumed” into heaven by God’s power (not her own).

(3) Elijah & Enoch provide the Old Testament basis for Mary’s assumption into heaven

(4) Did Mary die? 

  • Although the Church has NEVER formally declared whether Mary died or not, Pope Pius XII alludes to the fact that our Immaculate Lady died an earthly death before being assumed bodily into Heaven: “suffered temporal death… raised her up from the tomb… 
  • “It should be stated that Mary did not die because of sin, but rather in her desire to be conformed to Christ in all things – to be the speculum justitiae, mirror of justice. Her death gave her dominion over Purgatory as prophesied in Ecclesiasticus 24:44-45 and gave her more meritorious prayers for those in the hour of death” ~ Dr. Taylor Marshall

(4) There is NO record of where the bones of Mary are

  • We know where the bones of Sts. Peter and Paul and other disciples are because the early Christians were very deliberate in taking care of them. But nothing is mentioned ever about Mary.




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