Some of the Angels in the Sepulchre, obeying Mary's command had gathered the relics of the Sacred Blood and particles of flesh shed from the Body of her Divine Son.
The angels took care of these relics, each filled with joy at this privilege.
Before any change was made the Body of the Redeemer was shown to the Holy Fathers, in the same wounded, lacerated and disfigured state in which it was left by the cruelty of the Jews. Beholding Him thus disfigured in death, the patriarchs and prophets and other Saints adored Him, and again confessed Him as the Incarnate Word, Who had paid abundantly our debts, satisfying for what we ourselves owed the Justice of the Eternal Father.
There did our first parents, Adam and Eve, see the havoc wrought by their disobedience, and the priceless remedy it necessitated.
Then in the presence of all those saints were united to the Sacred Body all the relics which the angels had gathered, restoring It to Its natural perfection and integrity.
In the same moment, the Most Holy Soul reunited with the Body, giving It Immortal Life and Glory.
He penetrated through the rocks of the Sepulchre without removing or displacing them.
The Sacred wounds which had disfigured His Body now shone forth refulgent and brilliant.
In all this Glory and Heavenly adornment the Saviour now arose from the grave.
While the Lord was at table with the eleven Apostles, other disciples and pious women gathered at the Cenacle to the number of 120. For He wished them to be present at His Ascension.
He said to them `My sweetest children,I am about to ascend to My Father, from whose bosom I descended in order to rescue and save men.'
In considering the loving exhortations of their Divine Master and the prospect of His leaving them, the whole congregation was moved to their inmost hearts. They longed to detain Him, although they could not, because they saw it was not befitting; words of parting rose to their lips, but they could not bring themselves to utter them; each one felt sentiments of sorrow arising amid feelings both of joy and yet also of pious regret.
He was to ascend because He had fulfilled all that had been written and prophesied concerning His coming into the world. In order to celebrate this festive and mysterious day, Christ, Our Lord, selected as witnesses the 120 to whom He had spoken in the Cenacle. Arriving at the highest point on Mount Olivet, His countenance beaming forth Peace and Majesty, He joined His hands and began to raise Himself from the earth to His heavenly throne.
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
Mary, and the twelve Apostles and the rest of the disciples joyfully waited for the fulfillment of the promise of the Saviour, that He would send them the Holy Spirit.
When the days of Pentecost were about to be fulfilled (which happened 50 days after the Resurrection of the Lord, our Redeemer) the Most Blessed Mother saw how, in Heaven, the Humanity of the Word conferred with the Eternal Father about this, and He besought the Father also, that the Holy Spirit appear in the world in visible form.
On Pentecost morning,the Blessed Virgin Mary exhorted the Apostles, the disciples and the pious women, numbering 120, to pray more frequently, and renew their hopes since the hour was at hand in which they were to be visited by the Holy Spirit. At about 9 o'clock the air resounded with tremendous thunder and the blowing of a violent wind mixed with the brightness of fire or lightning, all centering on the House of the Cenacle.
The house was enveloped in light,and the Divine Fire was poured out over all of that holy gathering. Over the head of each of the 120 persons appeared a tongue of that same fire, in which the Holy Spirit had come, filling each one with Divine Influences and Heavenly Gifts.
The Assumption of Our Lady
Three days before the most Happy Transition of the Great Lady the Apostles and disciples were gathered in Jerusalem in the Cenacle. Being informed of the purpose of their coming, they were seized with tenderest grief and shed abundant tears at the thought of losing their only Protection and Consolation. The Incarnate Word descended from Heaven on a Throne of Ineffable Glory, and explaining to Mary that since she had entered the world free and exempt from sin, therefore also Death should have no permission to touch her,and that, should she agree, He would take her direct to Heaven.
The Most Prudent Mother with a joyous countenance,answered:`My Son and My Lord, I beseech Thee, let Thy Mother and Thy servant enter Eternal Life by the common portal of natural death. Thou Who art my true God, hast suffered death without being obliged to do so; it is proper that, as I have followed Thee in life, so I follow Thee also in Death.' Then all the Angels began to sing in Celestial harmony, and Blessed Mary reclining back upon her couch, pronounced the words of Her Son on the Cross, `Into Thy hands O Lord, I commend my spirit'. Then she closed her eyes and expired The sickness which took away her life was pure Love, nothing else.
Following the earthly death of Our Lady, the Holy Apostles conferred concerning the burial of their Queen. According to the custom of the Jews at burial, a body was to be anointed with precious ointments and spices and wrapped in a sacred burial cloth. With great reverence and fear, the two Maidens who had been assigned this task, entered the room,where the Body of the Blessed Lady lay.
But the refulgence issuing from it barred and blinded them in such a manner that they could not touch nor even locate the Body. With Divine Inspiration the Apostles came to realise that this Sacred Body was not to be touched.
The Lord Himself inspired all the inhabitants of Jerusalem to be present at the burial. When the procession came to the Holy Sepulchre in the Valley of Josaphat,Saint Peter and Saint John, with joyful reverence placed the body in the Sepulchre, and covered it with a linen cloth. Our Redeemer Jesus, entered Heaven conducting the Purest Soul of His Mother at His right hand.
On the third day after that the Lord manifested to the Saints His Divine Will that she should return to the world, resuscitate her sacred body and unite herself with it,so that she might in body and soul be again raised to the right hand of her Divine Son.
The Coronation or Our Lady
After placing the Blessed Mary on the exalted and supereminent throne the Lord declared to the courtiers of Heaven all the privileges she should enjoy in virtue of her participation in His Majesty.
The person of the Eternal Father, speaking to the angels and saints, said to them:`Our daughter Mary was chosen from amongst all creatures. She has a claim on our dominion which we shall recognise by crowning her as the legitimate and peerless Lady and Sovereign.'
The Incarnate Word said:`To my true and natural Mother belong all the creatures which were created and redeemed by Me, and of all things over which I am King, she too shall be the legitimate and supreme Queen'.
The Holy Spirit said:`Since she is called My Beloved and Chosen Spouse, she deserves to be crowned as Queen for all eternity.'
Having thus spoken the Three Divine Persons placed upon the head of the Most Blessed Mary a crown of such new splendour and value, that the like has been seen neither before nor after by any mere creature.
And a voice sounded from the Throne, saying:`My Beloved chosen among the creatures, Our Kingdom is Thine;thou shalt be the Lady and the Sovereign of the Angels, and of the entire universe of creatures.