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Part One

. . . also in her Assumption

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“Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all

stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly lifewas finished,

was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by

the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more

fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin

and death.”

508

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular

participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the

resurrection of other Christians:

In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition

you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were

joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God

and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death.

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. . . she is our Mother in the order of grace

967

By her complete adherence to the Father’s will, to his Son’s

redemptive work, and to every prompting of the Holy Spirit, the

Virgin Mary is the Church’s model of faith and charity. Thus she

is a “preeminent and . . . wholly unique member of the Church”;

indeed, she is the “exemplary realization” (

typus

)

510

of the Church.

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Her role in relation to the Church and to all humanity goes

still further. “In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her

obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the Savior’s work of

restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is a mother

to us in the order of grace.”

511

969

“This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues

uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the

Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath

the cross, until the eternal fulfilment of all the elect. Taken up to

heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold

intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation . . . .

Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the

titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.”

512

508

LG

59; cf. Pius XII,

Munificentissimus Deus

(1950): DS 3903; cf.

Rev

19:16.

509 Byzantine Liturgy,

Troparion,

Feast of the Dormition, August 15th.

510

LG

53; 63.

511

LG

61.

512

LG

62.

491

2679

507

494

149, 501

1370