Praying To Mary. Follow Up

Posted: December 7, 2010 in Q&A
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Q. Regarding prayer to Mary.  Would Isaiah 8:19 apply?  Or is it that Catholics believe she never died, but ascended into heaven?  Is there any historical information regarding her death?

 

A.  Isaiah 8:19 refers to the prohibition against consulting living mediums and spiritists in order to contact the dead.  Praying to Mary, who is already dead, would not be the same as consulting a medium.

As for Mary’s death, there is a tomb said to be Mary’s in Jerusalem at the foot of the path that led from the Temple to the Garden of Gethsemane.  There is also a beautiful park near the City of Ephesus where Mary is said to have lived her final years and died.  Among scholars, the Jerusalem site is more popular.  As far as I know, no one holds the view that Mary never died. The Catholic Feast of the Assumption celebrates the belief that after her death Mary’s body was taken to Heaven.

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