The Assumption Of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Is It In The Bible? Part I by Fr. Pius Egunjobi

Someone asked, “Habba! Mary was assumed into heaven?  Where is it in the Bible?” Part 1

Today, the Christian Bible is very accessible to everyone, Christians and non-Christians alike and so is the Truth as presented in the Bible.  But again and again, I have to stress that CHRISTIAN TRUTH MUST NOT BE IN THE BIBLE TO BE CONSIDERED THE TRUTH. The CHURCH IS A LIVING FAITH; and THE CHURCH EXTENDS BEYOND BIBLICAL TIME- IT EXTENDS EVEN TILL NOW. There are lots of things that happened not only to Jesus (cf. Jn 20:30; 21:25) but also to the early Christians that were not documented in the Bible.  Take aside the Gospels (which only 4 out of several were canonically accepted) and the Acts of the Apostles, most of the writings of the New Testaments were Letters addressed to different Christian communities NOT THE STORY OF EVERYDAY LIFE OF THE EARLY CHURCH.

Take for instance, apart from Judas Iscariot who committed suicide (cf. Acts 1:16-19), and James who was martyred by Herod Agrippa I in 44 AD (cf. Acts 12:1-2), there were no other Biblical records of the death of the other 10 Apostles.  In fact, the death of John the Beloved, Bartholomew and Simon the Canaanite were not exactly known in detail and the deaths of the other apostles (seven in number) are known through the tradition of the Church as reflected in the writings of early Christian historians. And of course, there were dark days in the life of the early Church where either there were no documentations or they lost the records.

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which happens to be the oldest feast of Our Lady, was such an incident in the Church which was either not documented or records were lost of the actual event.  However, there may be some biblical references and of course the writings of early Church fathers alluding to this great feast.

What does the Church say about the Assumption of BVM?
What is the origin of this feast?

Be Blessed.
TO BE CONTINUED

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