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Okka John wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Did the Virgin Mary die before her glorious Assumption?


  { Did the Virgin Mary die before her glorious Assumption? }

Paul replied:


That is a good question, and one that was never answered by the Church. In fact, when Pope Pius XII defined the infallible teaching of the Assumption he used the language

"When her earthly journey was complete . . . "

We may believe either way.

  1. There are some fathers of the Church that believed she did die right before being assumed into Heaven, which would mean there was no bodily decay.
  2. Other fathers claimed she didn't die, but rather it was more of a deep sleep or dormition, similar to what happened with Adam, when Eve was created from his side.


Mike replied:

Hi, Okka —

To add to what Paul has said, here is a previous answer we gave on this topic:

I hope this helps,


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