The Assumption of Mary

What is the Assumption of Mary?

As defined it means that, “the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory” (Pope Pius XII, “Munificentissimus Deus”) … by the power of Christ; that’s why we call it theassumption, and not the ascension of Mary. Jesus Christ ascended, of His own power, into Heaven; Mary was assumed, by the power of Her Son, into Heaven.

Why believe in the Assumption of Mary?

Mary is the New Eve. Whereas the first Eve was disobedient to God, Mary was perfectly obedient, “behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38). Genesis 3:15, the protoevangelium (or “first gospel”) reads, “I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.” The “woman” of this verse cannot be Eve. This verse is a blessing—a promise of salvation—God is not blessing Eve and then cursing her (i.e., v. 16+) in the next breath. Furthermore, enmity is complete and radical opposition. It is total. Because Eve sinned with Adam and was cast from the Garden of Eden she cannot possess enmity against Satan. Nor does Eve give birth to the seed of victory (i.e., Jesus Christ). Mary does. Mary is the mother of Jesus. We believe Mary was immaculately conceived (conceived without the stain of Original Sin by a special grace of God) in order to posses the enmity of Genesis 3:15. The seed of Satan is sin and death, as St. Paul identifies for us in his epistles. Both the woman and her seed (by possessing enmity) triumph over Satan and his seed; the woman and her seed are inseparable and united in complete enmity against the inseparable Satan and the seed of Satan. If the woman had even the slightest stain of sin, she could not be said to possess enmity. Jesus by His passion, death, and resurrection, triumphs over sin and death. Mary, through the grace of God in her Immaculate Conception and Assumption, also triumphs over sin and death with Jesus, her Son.

Mary is the New Ark of the Covenant. The prized Ark of the Covenant in the Old Testament contained within it Aaron’s staff (representing the priesthood), the tablets of the 10 Commandments (the Law), and some of the heavenly manna that fed the Israelites in the desert (the “bread of life”). Who is Jesus Christ? Jesus Christ is the true High Priest, He is our Divine Lawgiver, and He is the Bread of Life. And the Blessed Virgin Mary carried for nine months in her womb, and the rest of her life in her heart, the High Priest, the Divine Lawgiver, and the Bread of Life: Jesus. Thus, Mary truly is the New Ark of the Covenant.

Psalm 132(131): 8 “Arise, O Lord, into Thy resting place: Thou and the ark, which Thou hast sanctified.”

Revelation 11:19 “And the temple of God was opened in Heaven: and the ark of His testament was seen in His Temple…”

Revelation 12:1 “And a great sign appeared in Heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.”

Marian Reads:

True Devotion to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort

The Glories of Mary by St. Alphonsus Liguori