In this 6th Grade lesson, we study the Assumption of our Blessed Lady into Heaven.
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Assumption of the Virgin
by Luca Giordano
Did you know that Mary was totally and completely free from all sin? Unlike the rest of us, God never let Original Sin touch Mary. He wanted her to be perfect so that His Son, Jesus, could have her for His Mother. The Son of God, who is perfect and sinless, had to have a mother who was also perfect and sinless. God made sure that when Mary was made in Her mother’s womb, she was free from sin. This is called the Immaculate Conception. This means that from the very minute Mary existed, God kept her free from all sin.
The Fourth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary is the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, body and soul. The Feast of the Assumption celebrates that Mary, Jesus’ Mother, was taken up to Heaven, body and soul, where she is the Queen of Heaven and Earth!
It makes sense that God would take Mary to Heaven. Mary was pure and holy throughout her life. In her holy womb, Jesus grew and was nourished. Mary never sinned. She maintained her purity throughout her life. The Assumption of Mary assures us that God created her to be pure and He made sure that even at the end of her life, her body was not afflicted with anything beneath the dignity of the woman who brought Christ into the world. The Son of God received His body from Mary’s pure womb. It was fitting, then, that her body should be glorified as soon as her life here on Earth was ended.
Have you ever heard anyone talk about the relics or the tomb of Mary? Since Mary was assumed into Heaven, there is no grave to visit, and there are no first-class relics (examples of relics are pieces of hair or bones of the saint) because she didn’t leave any of herself behind. She went up to Heaven in her entirety. There is an empty tomb in Jerusalem called the Dormition (which means sleeping) of Mary. It is thought that Mary died or went to sleep in the presence of the Apostles, who then placed her in the tomb. When they went back, they found the tomb empty. This is when they realized she had been assumed into Heaven.
Once she was in Heaven, Jesus crowned Mary Queen of Heaven and Earth.
Because Mary is the Queen and Jesus is the King, Mary has the best access to Jesus. We can pray to Mary for her to intercede for us with Jesus. We can ask her to take our worries, our concerns, and our needs to Jesus. Nobody is closer to Jesus than His Mother Mary. We know Jesus will grant Mary whatever she asks. We ask Mary to place our petition before Jesus for us so tha... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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