I took a look at the calendar hanging above my computer this evening and noticed that the square for today had Assumption written in it. I then remembered that I had written a post titled Feast of the Assumption years ago.
Here is what I wrote then:
I had to stop and think, what is the Feast of the Assumption? I started to think of the assumption of Christ, but that would have been before Pentecost which is much earlier in the year.
What is this day?
I had to look it up and found that it is a Catholic and Eastern Orthodox feast that celebrates the Assumption of Mary. Where is this found in scripture?
I did remember that there was a site in Jerusalem close to the Garden of Gethsemane that was known as the Tomb of the Virgin Mary. I thought that I had at least taken a picture of it from the bus, so decided to look back through my pictures from the trip.
Here is the picture of the entrance to the Church of the Sepulchre of Saint Mary. The entrance is below ground level and the tomb is even further down with more than 50 descending steps behind the entrance.
There are some very interesting Eastern Orthodox traditions about the death of Mary. One tradition is that she was raised after three days and only left behind a cincture or sash. There is even some debate as to whether she was assumed into heaven before her death or whether she actually died.
There are early references to a tomb of Mary in the Kidron Valley, but there are also references to Mary spending the last years of her life in Ephesus.
Even though Mary was blessed among women, it is not her death that we are to remember. Mary was blessed because she was the mother of the Savior.
We are to remember that there was an Empty Tomb when Mary’s son was sacrificed for our sins and was resurrected on the third day.