Posted by: L. E. Barnes | August 17, 2010

Photo Meditation

Assumed Body and Soul into Heaven

A friend of mine sent me the above photo, taken in St. John’s Cathedral in Savannah, Georgia. This beautiful stained glass window depicts the Assumption of the Blessed Mother, which the Church celebrated this past Sunday.

Pope Pius XII, on 1 November 1950, officially declared the Assumption of Mary to be a dogma of the Church, though it had been widely believed in both East and West before then. As St. John Damascene expressed it beautifully in the 8th century: “Although the body was duly buried, it did not remain in the state of death, neither was it dissolved by decay. . . . You were transferred to your heavenly home, O Lady, Queen and Mother of God in truth.”

As we reflect on the Assumption, may we remember Mary’s words to the servers at the wedding feast in Cana: “Do whatever (Jesus) tells you.” Her simple directive sums up the Christian life.

“Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.”



  1. Beautiful. Thanks

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  3. I love those old stained glass windows. I can sit and pray for hours as I look at their themes. God made us of matter and spirit, and sometimes it is matter that raises up our hearts to Him. Thanks for this picture.

    • I know what you mean! Stained glass windows are costly and not the best at keeping a building insulated, but they provide not only an important aesthetic element to a church but they add to the sense of the sacred. Appealing to all the senses does help the worship experience.

  4. The Feast of the Assumption has a special place in my memory now…rather than tell the story again, I’m going to do a shameless plug and send you to the post where I talked about that Feast of the Assumption, six years ago.

    • That’s wonderful! Since I’m not a parent, I can’t really relate to how you felt, but I’m happy for you! 🙂 And to think that it happened on a feast day… No wonder the Feast of the Assumption holds such a special spot in your heart.

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