While the Goddess has been dismissed from most of western consciousness for the past 500 years or so, young Catholic girls are still encouraged to love Mother Mary in all her forms. Elementary school age girls dream of crowning the May Queen--Mary as Virgin. Young girls and teens love the story of Christmas, imagining that we, like Mary the Mother, hold Baby Jesus to our hearts. And as women grow older, we look to the Sorrowing Mother, Mary as Crone, who holds her son's wounded body and weeps over it.
August 15th: The Feast of the Assumption of Mary
August 15th is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, a celebration of the belief that Mary, like her son Jesus, rose into heaven. Taken symbolically, this is the day that the Church finally acknowledged that Mary is indeed the Goddess.
The Roman Catholic Church teaches as dogma that the Virgin Mary "having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory." The Eastern Orthodox Church believes in the Dormition of the Theotokos (the falling asleep of the God-Bearer).
This is the story of Mary's last days on Earth.
While we know little of Mary's life from the Gospels, according to legend, Mary spent her life after Pentecost supporting and serving the early Church. She was living in the house of the Apostle John, in Jerusalem, when the Archangel Gabriel came to her and revealed that her death would occur three days later.
with angels and saints,
and celebrate this great feast:
the Assumption of the Virgin Mary.
through this blessed woman,
the Spirit's gifts still flow upon us,
and her words teach gentle wisdom.
she sought good things for the poor.
Now in heaven her care is undiminished,
near her Son she seeks the good of us all."
What does it mean for our earthly body to be taken up into the heavens (the spiritual realms)? " The Assumption proclaims the Mystery of the century, the return of Mother Earth to the Heavens and the end, therefore, of the split between Earth and Heaven and all the divisions, such as between flesh and spirit, that flowed from that. It heralded the unity of the universe and the unity of human personality." (Eugene Cullen Kennedy: http://ncronline.org/blogs)
May it be so!