FOR this reason, after We have poured forth prayers of supplication again and again to God, and have called upon the Spirit of Truth, for the glory of Almighty God Who has lavished His special affection upon the Virgin Mary, for the honor of her Son, the immortal King of the Ages and the Victor over sin and death, for the increase of the glory of that same august Mother, and for the joy and exultation of the entire Church; by the authority of Our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.
Hence if anyone, which God forbid, should dare willfully to deny or to call into doubt that which We have defined, let him know that he has fallen away completely from the divine and Catholic Faith. -Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus, Nov. 1, 1950).
IV. Practical Application:
The Holy Father, in defining the dogma of the Assumption, hoped that it will bring about the following benefits on the Church:
1. That the faithful will be stirred up to a stronger piety towards their heavenly Mother.
2. That those who meditate upon the glorious example of Mary may be more convinced of the value of a human life entirely devoted to carrying out the heavenly Father's will and bringing good to others.
3. That realizing the illusory teachings of materialism and the corruption of morals that follows from these teachings, all may see clearly to what a lofty goal our bodies and souls are destined.
4. That belief in Mary's bodily Assumption into heaven will make our belief in our own resurrection stronger and render it more effective.
To look up to the Blessed Virgin in heaven, and to have a great longing to be with her someday in heaven.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Almighty and eternal God, Who has assumed into celestial glory with holy body and soul the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of Thy Son; grant, we beseech Thee, that being attentive to heavenly things, we may merit to be companions in His glory. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.