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Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Munificentissimus Deus

On November 1, 1950 Pope Pius XII issued the Apostolic Constitution, Munificentissimus Deus, defining the Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Assumption

966 “Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was 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.”506 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.507

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