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Our Lady Of Assumption

  1. 2. <ul><li>The feast of the assumption is one of the major celebrations of the Catholic Church. In the Philippines, the feast is celebrated by the Assumption Convent and the parish of the Assumption in Malate. </li></ul><ul><li>The image of the Assumption can be found at San Agustin Church in Intarmuros. </li></ul>Back
  2. 3. <ul><li>On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII solemnly declared: </li></ul><ul><li>By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: 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 </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Since the declaration of Papal Infallibility by Vatican I in 1870, this declaration by Pius XII has been the only ex cathedra use of Papal Infallibility. While Pope Pius XII deliberately left open the question of whether Mary died before her Assumption, the more common teaching of the early Fathers is that she did </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>There are however, negative historical conditions which are quite impressive. Among others are these: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At no time in history has Christendom venerated a grave or tomb of the Blessed Virgin. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Until the 5th century of Christianity there was not even a legend concerning her place of burial. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><ul><li>There is absolutely no relic of Our Lady's body in existence; nor has any person or city ever claimed possession of such a relic. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Implicit in Bible </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Bible nowhere mentions explicitly this glorification of Mary's Immaculate body. That it has been revealed by God is nevertheless certain; otherwise it could not have been defined as a dogma of faith, A public revelation of the Assumption must have been made to the Apostles, or at least to one of them, because public revelation closed with the death of the last Apostle. There are, however, several implicit revelations of the Assumption in the Bible. The most important texts are: Gen. 3:15; Lk. 1:28; Apoc. 12:1-2. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>From the middle of the 5th century a feast called &quot;Commemoration of the Mother of God&quot; was celebrated on August 15th in a shrine located near Jerusalem. </li></ul><ul><li>Near the end of the 6th century this became a feast commemorating the end of Mary's sojourn on earth and was called the &quot;Dormition of Our Lady.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>In the beginning of the 8th century Pope Sergius introduced the feast into Rome together with three other feasts of the Blessed Virgin </li></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>From Rome it spread rapidly throughout western Europe. It was Pope Hadrian who, at the end of the 8th century, gave it the name of the &quot;Assumption of St. Mary.&quot; The Greek Church became interested in this question long before the Latin Church did. Both Greek and Latin writers, however, readily acknowledged their ignorance of the way in which the Blessed Virgin Mary had left this world. </li></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>The Roman Catholic Feast of the Assumption is celebrated on August 15 </li></ul><ul><li>Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholics celebrate the Dormition of the Theotokos (the falling asleep of the Mother of God) on the same date, preceded by a 14-day fast period. Eastern Orthodox Christians believe that Mary died a natural death, that her soul was received by Christ upon death, and that her body was resurrected on the third day after her death and that she was taken up into heaven bodily in anticipation of the general resurrection. </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Many Catholics also believe that she first died before being assumed, but they add that she was miraculously resurrected before being assumed. Others believe she was assumed into Heaven without first passing through death. As mentioned earlier, this aspect of the Assumption is not authoritatively defined in Catholic theology. </li></ul><ul><li>Many theologians note by way of comparison that in the Roman Catholic Church, the Assumption is dogmatically defined, while in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, the Dormition is less dogmatically than liturgically and mystically defined. (Such differences spring from a larger pattern in the two traditions, wherein Roman Catholic teachings are often dogmatically and authoritatively defined - in part because of the more centralized structure of Roman Catholicism - while in Eastern Orthodoxy, many doctrines are less authoritative.) </li></ul>Back
  10. 11. <ul><li>It is a basic principle of Catholic teaching that all the prerogatives and glories of Mary are because of Jesus Christ. His divine dignity presupposes and demands such perfection in his Mother. The flesh of Mary was the Flesh of Christ; and Christ owed it to himself to preserve from dissolution the body that had served to form his own Body. Mary's body, like her soul, had to be sinless and undefiled </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>From the first moment of her conception the state of the Blessed Virgin Mary was analogous, but superior, to the state of Adam and Eve before the Fall. </li></ul><ul><li>Mary's Immaculate Body was, in a sense, the origin of sanctification of all mankind. Her flesh was used to form the flesh of her Son; the flesh which he used on the Cross to destroy death and sin, and which he gave to us that we might rise from the dead. </li></ul>
  12. 13. <ul><li>Mary, the Mother of God, was most intimately associated with Jesus in his victory over Satan. She was associated with him in the different parts of his triumph. </li></ul><ul><li>God performed an absolutely unique miracle. . Against all the laws of nature he preserved the corporal integrity of his Mother. </li></ul>Back
  13. 14. <ul><li>The Assumption is important to many Catholics as the Virgin Mary's heavenly birthday (the day that Mary was received into Heaven). Her acceptance into the glory of Heaven is seen by them as the symbol of the promise made by Jesus to all enduring Christians that they too will be received into paradise. The Assumption of Mary is symbolized in the Fleur-de-lys ( Lily Flower) Madonna. </li></ul>
  14. 15. <ul><li>In many places, religious parades and popular festivals are held to celebrate this day. </li></ul><ul><li>In Anglicanism and Lutheranism , the feast is kept, but without official use of the word &quot;Assumption&quot;. Her feast day is Fête Nationale of the Acadians, of whom she is the patron saint. </li></ul><ul><li>The Prayer Books of the Scottish Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada mark 15 August as the “Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary” </li></ul>Back
  15. 16. <ul><li>&quot;O Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and Mother of Men, — we believe with all the fervor of our Faith in your triumphal Assumption, both in body and soul, into heaven where you are acclaimed as Queen of all the choirs of angels and all the legions of the Saints; and we unite with them to praise and bless the Lord Who has exalted you above all other pure creatures, and to offer you the tribute of our devotion and our love.&quot; (from the Assumption Prayer of Pope Pius XII) </li></ul>Back