Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | August 15, 2010

Reflection for Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Rev 11, 19. 12, 1-6. 10; Ps 45 10-12. 16; 1 Cor 15, 20-27; Lk 1, 39-56

1. Old Testament figures assumed into heaven, a foreshadowing of what would happen to Christ

  • Enoch and Elijah assumed into heaven (Gen 5, 24; Heb 11, 5; 2 Kgs 2, 11-12; 1 Mac 2, 58)
  • Both had original sin, would not be good argument to say that because Mary did not have original sin, she was Assumed into heaven
  • The point of these 2 figures being assumed was to show what would happen to Christ on the Ascension, these 2 were Assumed by God, Christ on His own, because he’s the 2nd person of the Trinity.

2. The Dogma of the Assumption as defined by Ven Pope Pius XII is as follows

  • Hence the revered Mother of God, from all eternity joined in a hidden way with Jesus Christ in one and the same decree of predestination, immaculate in her conception, a most perfect virgin in her divine motherhood, the noble associate of the divine Redeemer who has won a complete triumph over sin and its consequences, finally obtained, as the supreme culmination of her privileges, that she should be preserved free from the corruption of the tomb and that, like her own Son, having overcome death, she might be taken up body and soul to the glory of heaven where, as Queen, she sits in splendor at the right hand of her Son, the immortal King of the Ages.
  • It does not say whether she was assumed alive or asleep (the East believes in the Dormation, that she fell asleep)
  • It makes sense that God would Assume Mary, she gave her fiat to God being in the world, solely because God wanted this to happen, Mary did nothing of her own merit.
  • St John Damascne says “It was fitting that the she, who had kept her virginity intact in childbirth, should keep her own body free from all corruption even after death. It was fitting that she, who had carried the Creator as a child at her breast, should dwell in the divine tabernacles. It was fitting that the spouse, whom the Father had taken to himself, should live in the divine mansions. It was fitting that she, who had seen her Son upon the cross and who had thereby received into her heart the sword of sorrow which she had escaped when giving birth to him, should look upon him as he sits with the Father, It was fitting that God’s Mother should possess what belongs to her Son, and that she should be honored by every creature as the Mother and as the handmaid of God”

3. Mary is our Hope

  • In the Hail Holy Queen, we say she is our “life, our sweetness, and our hope” We can say this because of the Assumption. We hope in the resurrection of our own bodies at the 2nd coming. Jesus and Mary give us a foreshadowing of what this will be like.
  • Mary was not Assumed on her own power, but by the Holy Trinity. Likewise at the 2nd Coming, we will be raised by the power of God, not of our own merit.
  • Mary was a creature, Jesus is God, easier to imitate a creature who isn’t God, than God himself.
  • We hope by being in Communion with her son, the Pope, that we’re able to magnify the Lord, and rejoice in God our Saviour


  1. Good summary & explanation of the dogma of the Assumption. I have used the Enoch & Elijah examples myself.

    • Thank you 🙂

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