The Assumption of Mary
My lover speaks; he says to me, Arise, my beloved,
my beautiful one, and come! For see, the winter is past,
the rains are over and gone.
Songs 2, 10-11
Arise, Lord, come to your resting place,
you and your majestic ark.
Psalm 132, 8
You stretch out your hand and save me,
your hand will do all things for me.
Your love, O Lord, is eternal.
Discard not the work of your hands.
Psalm 138, 7-8
“Behold, from henceforth, all generations shall call me blessed;
for the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.”
Luke 1, 48-49
Body into the world from that Ark, which was gilded with pure gold within by the
Word, and without by the Holy Ghost; so that the truth was shown forth, and the
Ark was manifested…. And the Savior came into the world bearing the
incorruptible Ark, that is to say His own body.”
St. Hippolytus, In Daniel Vl
Ark was but holy Mary? The Ark bore within it the tables of the Testament, but
Mary bore the Heir of the same Testament itself. The former contained in it the
Law, the latter the Gospel. The one had the voice of God, the other His Word.
The Ark, indeed, was radiant within and without with the glitter of gold, but holy
Mary shone within and without with the splendor of virginity. The one was
adorned with earthly gold, the other with heavenly.”
St. Ambrose, Serm. xlii. 6, Int. Opp., S. Ambrosiiz
(ante. A.D. 397)
surrounded with honour, death would have found her pure, and her crown would
have been a virginal one…Had she been martyred according to what is written:
‘Thine own soul a sword shall pierce’, then she would shine gloriously among the
martyrs, and her holy body would have been declared blessed; for by her, did light
come to the world.”
St. Epiphanius, Panarion, 78:23
to be a virgin both before and after she bore him, has,
as we said above, been translated into paradise, amid the singing
of the angelic choirs, whither the Lord preceded her.”
St. Gregory of Tours
Eight Books of Miracles, 1:8
of God, divinized, incorruptible, illuminated by divine grace and full glory ... should
be entrusted to the earth for a little while and raised up to heaven in glory, with her
soul pleasing to God.”
St. Theoteknos of Livias, Homily on the Assumption
[ca. A.D. 600]
and your virginal body is all holy, all chaste, entirely the dwelling place
of God, so that it is henceforth completely exempt from dissolution into dust.
Though still human, it is changed into the heavenly life of incorruptibility,
truly living and glorious, undamaged and sharing in perfect life.”
St. Germanus of Constantinople, Sermon I
St. John Damascene
Dormition of Mary