The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 15 August; also called in old books Pausatio,Nativitas (for heaven), Mors, Depositio, Dormitio S. Mariae. It was declared a dogma by Pope Pius XII in 1950.
This feast has a double object: the happy departure of Mary from this life; the assumption of her body into heaven. It is the principal feast of the Blessed Virgin.
To mark this great day, it’s worth quoting Adrian I, “Venerable to us, O Lord, is the festivity of this day on which the holy Mother of God suffered temporal death, but still could not be kept down by the bonds of death, who has begotten your Son our Lord incarnate from herself.” This feast was elevated from being just one of the Marian feasts to being part of the whole liturgical cycle because as the Mother of God , Mary was kept a virgin-incorrupt-so was she kept incorrupt even after her temporal earthly death.
The exact year that she is believed to have assumed into heave is not known but it is between three to fifteen years after the ascension of our Lord. Is a truth that has been revealed by God and consequently something that must be firmly and faithfully believed by all children of the Church.
Thus St. John Damascene, an outstanding herald of this traditional truth, spoke out with powerful eloquence when he compared the bodily Assumption of the loving Mother of God with her other prerogatives and privileges. “It was fitting that 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 in the act of 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.”
Though the mother of the Lord, she also underwent challenges in her life as learned from the sacred books that the Virgin Mary, throughout the course of her earthly pilgrimage, led a life troubled by cares, hardships, and sorrows, and that, moreover, what the holy old man Simeon had foretold actually came to pass, that is, that a terribly sharp sword pierced her heart as she stood under the cross of her divine Son, our Redeemer.
Just as The Virgin Mother kept her virginity so are we to keep our bodies pure since they are the temples of the Holy Spirit so that after our life here on earth we may be rewarded with incorruptible spiritual ‘bodies’. The challenges of this life should not be an excuse to doing the call that we’ve from God.
The Psalmist: “Arise, O Lord, into your resting place: you and the ark, which you have sanctified”
The New Testament “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you, blessed are you among women,”