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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Happy Feast of the Assumption!

Happy Feast of the Assumption!

          The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, when the course of her earthly life was completed, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven, where she already shares in the glory of her Son’s Resurrection, anticipating the resurrection of all members of his Body. – Catechism of the Catholic Church 974
          Pope Pius XII solemnly defined the dogma of the Assumption in 1950.  This gives rise to the belief among some people that he invented it a mere 65 years ago.  But defining a doctrine is not the same as inventing it.  The Assumption has been part of mainstream Christian belief from the beginning.  The following are just two quotes from the Fathers of the Church to demonstrate that fact.

And from that time forth all knew that the spotless and precious body had been transferred to paradise"  – John of Damascus (A.D. 676-749)

"But Mary, the glorious Mother of Christ, who is believed to be a virgin both before and after she bore him, has, as we said above, been translated into paradise, amid the singing of the angelic choirs, whither the Lord preceded her" – Gregory Thaumaturgus (A.D. 213-270) – Four Homilies