This day we are gathered to celebrate the feast day of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven:
The bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into heaven at the end of her earthly life, as it was long accepted by the faithful and frequently depicted in art, as on the main altar in the church of the Capuchin friary in Schwyz (Switzerland), was relatively recently defined as church dogma in the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Pius XXII in 1950.
For the painter, it was likely an appreciation for and recognition of an exceptional woman, the mother of historic Jesus – an expression of the experienced holiness of Mary.
In Christianity, holiness is the place where the profane and the sacred meet, “a religious experience, which is based on extraordinary strengths held by human being that give him or her special religious authority” (Filoramo, 2013).
In today’s gospel text (Luke,1.46-55) we read the words of the magnificat, Continue reading “Assumption of Mary?”