Jesus ascended by His own power. Mary was taken up into heaven by God. Have you ever noticed that although the Acts of the Apostles is an incredibly detailed accurate account of Sts.
The teaching that 'at the end of her earthly course, Mary was assumed into heavenly glory, body and soul' was dogmatically defined by Pius XII in in Munificentissimus Deus. This encyclical mentions many "holy writers who Hence, scriptural interpretations accommodated to Mary by 'prophetic expandability' may be legitimate, not because of academic evidence or "any merely human effort" 12but as signs of the "protection of the Spirit of Truth" 12 in the Church.
The apostles were wondering about this as well, and were left gazing up at the sky. Jesus, being God, knows us better than we know ourselves and like a good doctor, gave us a prescription that would set us up for success. For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you.
In the United States, it is a holy day of obligation in years when it does not fall on a Monday. What is the Assumption of Mary, how did it come to be defined, and what relevance does it have for our lives? This means that it is a dogma in the proper sense.
Portals: Christianity Bible. The ascension of Jesus anglicized from the Vulgate Latin Acts section title: Ascensio Iesu is the departure of Christ from Earth into the presence of God in heaven. In Christian artthe ascending Jesus is often shown blessing an earthly group below him, signifying the entire Church.
The biggest difference is that Jesus raised himself up. The Assumption of Mary was carried out by Jesus. Jesus lifted Mary up.
It is a time of rejoicing in the Catholic Church. But for many Christians, this celebration is wrong-headed. In fact, for some it is downright blasphemous.
The Assumption of Mary into Heaven often shortened to the Assumption is, according to the beliefs of the Catholic ChurchEastern and Oriental Orthodoxy the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life. The 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". In Munificentissimus Deus item 39 Pope Pius XII pointed to the Book of Genesis as scriptural support for the dogma in terms of Mary's victory over sin and death through her intimate association with "the new Adam" Christ  as also reflected in 1 Corinthians : "then shall come to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory".
The assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life is not a complicated doctrine, but one question is a frequent source of debate: Did Mary die before she was assumed, body and soul, into Heaven? From the earliest Christian traditions surrounding the Assumption, the answer to the question of whether the Blessed Virgin died as all men do has been "yes. To this day, among Eastern Christians, both Catholic and Orthodox, the traditions surrounding the Dormition are based on a fourth-century document called " The Account of St. That document, written in the voice of Saint John the Evangelist to whom Christ, on the Cross, had entrusted the care of His motherrecounts how the Archangel Gabriel came to Mary as she prayed at the Holy Sepulchre the tomb in which Christ had been laid on Good Fridayand from which He rose on Easter Sunday.