When the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is one of the brightest and most significant holidays for Christians. From our article you will learn about the events with which the holiday is connected, and about the differences with the Catholic traditions of this day.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a very important Christian holiday. He belongs to the Great Britain and is traditionally preceded by the Assumption Fast. the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin is celebrated on August 28. Traditionally, he has one day of the feast and eight days of reunions.
This day is associated with the end of earthly life of the Blessed Virgin Mary and taking her to heaven.
Christian beliefs about the Assumption of the Virgin
In fact, the Bible does not say how the Virgin Mary left earthly life. In the canonical Gospels there is absolutely no information about this: neither that she died at all and was buried, nor that this did not exist. But there are apocrypha that give us information about the last years of the life of the Most Holy Mother of God.
When Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross, he sort of “adopted” the Virgin Mary of one of the apostles, John, who would later be called the Theologian. He commanded John to take care of her like a mother. So the Virgin Mary was in the care of one of the disciples of Jesus Christ.
However, she herself also spoke about the life of her divine Son and was loved by all. As the story goes, she was of a gentle disposition, without artificiality and falsehood, always found agreement with everyone. She is the intercessor of sinners before God, so a lot of prayers are dedicated to her.
The Virgin Mary prayed earnestly, coming to Mount Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified, and to the Holy Sepulcher. During one of the prayers, the angel Gabriel appeared to her. It was he who announced to her that she would become the mother of the Son of God and now informed her that her earthly life would soon end.
Before her death, the Virgin Mary wanted to see the apostles, and the Lord heard her prayers. In a miraculous way, the disciples of Jesus Christ preaching in different parts of the world gathered in Jerusalem, in front of the house where the Mother of God lived. She said goodbye to them all and further prepared herself for bodily death. And a miracle happened: the heavenly light lit up the upper room, Jesus appeared with the angels and took into his hands the soul of the Virgin Mary.
So ended the earthly life of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Tomb of the Virgin in Jerusalem
The place where, according to legend, the Most Pure Virgin Mary is buried, is located in East Jerusalem, at the foot of the Mount of Olives (west side). Now there is the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin. Her parents and husband, Joseph, were buried near the site earlier.
This church is owned by the Jerusalem Greek Orthodox Patriarch.
Differences from the Catholic understanding of the holiday
In the Catholic type of religion, more attention is paid to subsequent apocryphal events, calling the holiday not the Assumption of the Virgin, but its Ascension. They believe that of all the apostles, the apostle Thomas was not present by special intent at the burial. He arrived only on the third day, and when he learned that he had not had time for the end of the Virgin Mary, he asked to be allowed into the tomb to say goodbye to her.
When the apostles removed the stone that blocked the entrance to the tomb, they saw that a miracle happened: the place where the Mother of God lay was left with only her fragrant clothes, and the body itself was not. It was also lifted up to heaven. Catholics give particular importance to the coronation event that followed the Ascension of the Virgin.
In the Orthodox understanding of the feast of the Assumption of the Virgin, there are traditions and customs that are repeated from year to year by believers. Remember them every year, honor this leap year and don’t forget to press the buttons and