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In 1950, in the Apostolic Constitution (Munificentissimus Deus), Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption of Mary a dogma of the Catholic Church in these words: "The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever-virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heaven."
“And when the Lord's Day came, at the third hour, just as the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles in a cloud, so Christ descended with a multitude of angels, and received the soul of His beloved mother. For there was such splendour and perfume of sweetness, and angels singing the songs of songs, where the Lord says, As a lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters, that all who were there present fell on their faces, as the apostles fell when Christ transfigured Himself before them on Mount Thabor, and for a whole hour and a half no one was able to rise. But when the light went away, and at the same time with the light itself, the soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary was taken up into heaven with psalms, and hymns, and songs of songs. And as the cloud went up the whole earth shook, and in one moment all the inhabitants of Jerusalem openly saw the departure of St. Mary.”
Assumption of Mary (First Latin Form)
Long before the Church proclaimed the Assumption a dogma, Saint John of Damascus knew the beauty and holiness surrounding Mary’s Assumption. He wrote and spoke on the subject with a depth of love and mystical understanding that only the Holy Spirit could have given him. In one of his homilies on the Assumption, he wrote:
I don’t know whether I can trust my lips to speak of this day! For today
Mary, the life-giving treasury and abyss of charity, is hidden in immortal death. But the one who conceived death’s destroyer meets it without fear—if we can rightly refer to her holy and life-giving departure from the earth by the name of “death.”
For how could she, who brought life to all, be under the dominion of death? Even so, she obeys the law of her own Son, and inherits this chastisement as a daughter of the first Adam, since even her Son, who is Life itself, did not refuse it. As the mother of the living God, she goes through death to him.
Christ, the Life and the Truth, said that where he was to be, there also would be his disciples. How much more certain is it, then, that his mother would be with him!
“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints” (Ps 116:15). More than precious, then, is the passing away of his mother. Now let the heavens and the angels rejoice! Let the earth and the people be full of gladness! Let the air resound with song and canticle; let dark night put off its gloom, and imitate, by its twinkling stars, the brightness of day!
~ Saint John of Damascus~ Second Homily on the Dormition~
This rosary was created to honor Our Lady’s Assumption into Heaven. It offers our gratitude for her having gone ahead of us to prepare our place with her in heaven.
We chose a clear blue Czech glass as the main color for this sacred strand. The First Latin Forum tells us, that “the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles in a cloud.” The color and shading of these beads symbolizes that sacred cloud. Lapis lazuli chrysocolla was chosen for the Paters and spacers because of its variations of green and blue. Green is the color which symbolizes life and growth and blue is the color which is most associated with Our Lady. The two shades, in this gemstone, mottle together making a cloud-like appearance. Imported from Italy are the Mother and Child center and blue enamel crucifix which complete this limited edition rosary.
Edition limited to three.
Your Limited Edition Assumption Rosary will be shipped in a fabric pouch and gift box.
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$89.50 including shipping outside the US
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
Below is a link to full homilies on the Assumption by Saint John of Damascus.
“What shall we offer the Mother of the Word if not our words? Like rejoices in like and in what it loves. Thus, then, making a start and loosening the reins of my discourse, I may send it forth as a charger ready equipped for the race. But do Thou, O Word of God, be my helper and auxiliary, and speak wisdom to my unwisdom. By Thy word make my path clear, and direct my course according to Thy good pleasure, which is the end of all wisdom and discernment.”
~Saint John Damascus~
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