Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Devotion to the Blessed Virgin and belief that she was assumed into heaven body and soul has a long history. It was well established in the fifth and sixth century, as well in the liturgy of the Eastern churches, Catholic and Orthodox, (the Dormition of the Virgin Mary), It was mentioned before the fifth century in apocryphal gospels, though the definition by Pope Pius XII does not rest on that foundation. The decree of definition on November 1, 1950, Munificientissimus Deus, stresses the infallible (ex cathedra) pronouncement of the Supreme Pontiff founded on scriptural texts now found in the liturgical texts of the solemnity of the Mass celebrated on August 15th each year, namely, Revelation 11:19; 12:6a, 10ab; 1 Cor. 15: 20-27; Lk. 1: 39-56). These texts underscore the sharing of Mary’s victory over sin and death with that of her son Jesus.
Those who were there in 1950 and 1954 (the latter was a Marian year, including the establishment of a feast of our Lady under the title of Queen of Heaven), remember how the bishops of the world were consulted about the definition and its propriety, and also remember the great joy the declaration was so well received and acclaimed. What remains for all of us is the knowledge that we too share in the victory and triumph of Christ the King over sin and death, which heaven and earth celebrate. The beautiful and hopeful acclamations of the scriptures now become our precious joy at the acknowledgement that we too will share the great joy of this feast for ages of ages.
Blessed Mary, Mother of God, may the joy of your glorious assumption into heaven be the cause of our joy and hope forever.
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)