. . . also in her Assumption
“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
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.
. . . she is our Mother in the order of grace
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” (
of the Church.
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.”
“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.”
59; cf. Pius XII,
(1950): DS 3903; cf.
509 Byzantine Liturgy,
Feast of the Dormition, August 15th.