The Assumption of Mary
By Sean Martin
John Paul II Generation
What is the Assumption of Mary and what is Mary doing in Heaven?
After Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven and Mary was finished counseling and teaching the Apostles the mysteries she pondered in her heart, Jesus beckoned for his Mother to join Him in His Heavenly Kingdom.
My beloved speaks and says to me: ‘Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth, the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines are in blossom; they give forth fragrance. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away’ (Song of Songs 2:10-13).
Pope Pius XII in 1950 declared that “the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory” (Munificentissimus Deus 44). In all her majestic royal beauty, Mary sits at the right hand of her son, our Lord and King Jesus. “At your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir” (Psalm 45:9). Mary was given all the royal responsibilities and it was revealed to the whole universe that she reigns with her beloved son as she was crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth. “And a great portent appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Revelation 12:1).
Mary is the Queen of the Angels. Since Mary is the Mother of God, she has a higher mission than the angels.
She far surpasses the angels in her purity, charity, knowledge, obedience, and fullness of grace. Mary protects the entire universe from all harm. She is victorious over all evil, especially Satan as she crushes his head. Mary is in charge of commanding the angels in their various tasks. The angels serve and honor Mary as their Queen.
Mary is the Queen of the Prophets, for they spoke of her in their prophecies. She had the gift of knowledge and understanding that far exceeded that of the Prophets. Mary’s most infamous prophecy is “For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed” (Luke 1:48).
Mary is the Queen of the Martyrs. She sacrificed and suffered more than the martyrs. She prays and intercedes that the martyrs may win the crown of salvation through their ultimate act of love.
Mary is the Queen of Confessors. She reigns as Queen Mother over all those that believe in the faith of her son.
Mary is the Queen of Priests that offer the Sacraments, especially the Holy Eucharist and Confession. She prays for priests in a special way because they offer the Sacrifice of the Mass, just as she offered her son to the Father on Calvary.
Mary is the Queen of Virgins. She is a perpetual virgin. She instructs virgins on the value of virginity. Due to this difficult calling, Mary prays for all virgins to be freed from all temptation and harm.
Mary is the Queen of all Saints. Mary is Queen of those that are officially canonized and those that are not. All saints honor and serve her as Universal Queen Mother.
Mary is the Queen Mother of Mercy and Queen of Peace. She requests from her son Christ the King that His infinite Ocean of Mercy is showered down upon on all humanity. She desires that the peace of Christ reign in the universe, on earth, and in individual hearts and souls of every human being.