All rights reserved. In a small Roman Catholic chapel in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the village of Medjugorje, Ivan Dragicevic walks down the aisle, kneels in front of the altar, bows his head for a moment, and then, smiling, lifts his gaze heavenward. His daily conversation with the Virgin Mary has begun. Dragicevic was one of six poor shepherd children who first reported visions of the Virgin Mary in Dragicevic was 16 years old, and Medjugorje, then in communist-controlled Yugoslavia, had yet to emerge as a hub of miracle cures and spiritual conversions, attracting 30 million pilgrims during the past three decades. But that first night, after he went to confession at St.
The Historical Mary
Knowledge of Reality -- Issue 21
The assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her earthly life is not a complicated doctrine, but one question is a frequent source of debate: Did Mary die before she was assumed, body and soul, into Heaven? From the earliest Christian traditions surrounding the Assumption, the answer to the question of whether the Blessed Virgin died as all men do has been "yes. To this day, among Eastern Christians, both Catholic and Orthodox, the traditions surrounding the Dormition are based on a fourth-century document called " The Account of St. That document, written in the voice of Saint John the Evangelist to whom Christ, on the Cross, had entrusted the care of His mother , recounts how the Archangel Gabriel came to Mary as she prayed at the Holy Sepulchre the tomb in which Christ had been laid on Good Friday , and from which He rose on Easter Sunday. Gabriel told the Blessed Virgin that her earthly life had reached its end, and she decided to return to Bethlehem to meet her death.
We know that from the fact that Saint Romanos the Melodist, an Eastern Christian who composed many of the hymns used in the Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox liturgies, composed a hymn for the feast at that time. The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary spread to Rome in the seventh century, but it took a couple of more centuries before it was celebrated throughout the West. The earliest documented version is found in the Protoevangelium of James , an apocryphal gospel written about A.
About years ago a man named Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in the land of Israel. He was unique. He was fully God and yet fully human.