2012-08-14 Vatican Radio(Vatican Radio) Each year, the Catholic Church remembers the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven on August 15th. Different traditions hold that the Virgin Mary left this earthly life between three and fifteen years after Christ’s death and Resurrection. She was assumed into heaven some accounts say, as she reposed in eternal sleep – either in Jerusalem or in Ephesus, in modern day Turkey.
Early accounts from the holy land reported that a Christian cult venerating Christ’s mother had grown up around a place on Jerusalem’s Mount Zion, just south of the Old City walls. The spot, known from early times as Hagia Maria, continues to this day to be the site of veneration and prayers to Our Lady. Today, German speaking Benedictine monks care for the Catholic Church of the Dormition built there, over the ruins of a series of early Christian shrines.
Today, the monks serve the Church, guests and pilgrims and work for peace and reconciliation in the Holy Land.
Tracey McClure sat down with the noted scholar and author Fr. Peter Stravinskus, who has led us in reflections on the holy sites in the land of Christ’s birth – to ask him his thoughts on this Jerusalem shrine, celebrating the Virgin’s death and assumption into heaven…
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