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Friday, August 15, 2008

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That was a lovely article by Revd Dr Peter Mullen. The Prayer to Our Lady is also a wonderful profession of faith. I like that it makes clear that worship itself is directed only to God, while love and reverence are directed to Mary, and thus one can ask for her loving intercession with God based on her grace and goodness.

For those interested in trying to determine actual events and dates regarding Mary, one has to be cautious about believing accounts that state that "all" the Apostles were present. James the Greater was martyred in 42 AD (Acts 12:1-2) and thus was the first of the Apostles to die. If Mary had died before James the Greater, especially if an apparition of Jesus accompanied this event, it is highly likely that Acts would have recorded her passing and ascension. The Apostles and disciples are very low key about personal information and self glorification. Thus James' martyrdom receives only brief mention even though it was a huge faith history event. If Mary had died and ascended before James, that would have been considered a significant spiritual event thus would have likely been recorded in Acts, since there she was mentioned as being in the center of the group at Pentecost.

After the first martyrdom of an Apostle, especially the one who is the brother of St. John, who has been given by Jesus the care and custody of Mary, the visible presence of Mary would have been made even more discrete and thus St. Luke, St. Paul and the other writers would be highly unlikely to mention where she was, and St. John would have had even closer concerns for her safety and his own, since St. John was obligated not to endanger his care of her by risking martyrdom (and Jesus had stated he would not be martyred). Ephesus after a very long age is a good bet. Pre-allocated tomb space in Jerusalem would obviously have remained unused and therefore empty. In Ephesus she would have been surrounded by many disciples and possibly a good number of Apostles, per St. John's presence.

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