Men and women of the Bible



Mary rose again and was taken up into heaven




The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Mary died and was raised from the dead and taken up into heaven. ‘Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.’ The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son's Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians’ (The Catechism of the Catholic Church, 966)




We can affirm that Mary died and her soul went to heaven to be with the Lord, but we can by no means affirm that she died, was raised from the dead, and taken up body and soul into heaven. Mary is in heaven and there she – as well as all the other saints -  is waiting for the resurrection, as the apostle Paul said: “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order; Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming” (1 Corinthians 15:22-23 – NKJV). Mary also is Christ’s, therefore she also will be raised from the dead at the coming of Christ.