Fun Fact: The Virgin Mary claimed victory over sin and death

Did you know that the Virgin Mary’s physical death has not been dogmatically defined? That she didn’t actually die a “normal death”, as to be expected of any mortal. Nor was she able to ascend into Heaven as her only son Jesus had. As the son of God, He ascended by His own power.

And yet, our Blessed Mary was without original sin, free of its stain. How was this possible? It was a singular gesture of grace and privilege granted by God Almighty, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, our Savior. She was preserved free from all stain of original sin.

Rubens Assumption of the Virgin, 17th century

So, at the end of her earthly duties, Mary was called to Heaven. She was assumed, body and spirit. Simply stated, her body was taken up to Heaven. A special end to a special woman.

On August 15th we celebrate this event as The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary or as The Assumption Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a major feast day and is marked as a Holy Day of Obligation in the Roman Catholic Church.


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