QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
What does it mean when we say that Mary is Assumed into Heaven?
The belief in the Assumption of Mary is another ancient belief which is part of Sacred Tradition.
It is believed by the Church that Mary, at her death, was assumed into Heaven, body and soul. The reason for this is tied to the belief of her Immaculate Conception. Since Mary was born without original sin (and death and decay are a by-product of original sin), she did not have to wait for the reunion of her body and soul after death (as part of the Final Judgement).
To our Protestant brothers and sisters, you could say that she was the first ever Christian to be "raptured" as a sign to us all of what awaits us on the Last Day.
- Deacon George Kozak (6/01)