The Feast of the Assumption means that Virgin Mary, at the end of her earthly pilgrimage and by virtue of her contribution to the history of salvation as Mother of the Redeemer, was liberated by the grace of the corruption of the tomb and raised in body and soul to heaven, where she acts as a mediator between God and men.
August 15 is the liturgical solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary in body and soul to heaven. Such a date venerated and professed the mystery of the Christian faith by the faithful for centuries. In 1950 Pope Pius XII proclaimed the dogma of faith.
There is great uncertainty about the origin of the Assumption of Mary. The day of its celebration is probably the anniversary of the dedication of some church than the actual date of the anniversary of the death of Our Lady.
Today, the belief in the corporeal assumption of Mary is universal in the East and West; according to Benedict XIV it is a probable opinion, which is godless and blasphemous denial.
The belief in the corporeal assumption of Mary is based on the apocryphal treatise by De Obitu S. Dominae, which bears the name of St. John, which belongs however to the fourth or fifth century.
The dogma of the Assumption affirms that Mary’s body was glorified after her death. Indeed, while for other men the resurrection of the body will take place at the end of the world, for Mary the glorification of her body was anticipated by a singular privilege.
The Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, over the course of her life on earth, was taken to the glory of Heaven and elevated to the throne of the Lord as Queen of the Universe, to be more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.
The Assumption of Mary in body and soul to heaven is a dogma of the Catholic faith, expressly defined by Pope Pius XII speaking “ex-cathedra”. And … what is a Dogma? Since in the simplest terms, Dogma is a truth of faith, revealed by God (in Scripture or contained in Tradition).
The importance of the Assumption of Mary for us, men and women of the third millennium of the Christian era, lies in the relationship between the Resurrection of Christ and ours. The presence of Mary, woman of our race, human being like us, who is in body and soul and glorified in Heaven, is that: an anticipation of our own resurrection.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians.