How to Announce this Mystery When Praying the Rosary:
In the Fourth Glorious Mystery, let us contemplate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven and seek the grace of a happy death.
In Quarto Mysterio Glorioso, Assumptionem Beatae Mariae Virginae in Caelum contemplemur, et gratiam bene moriendi petamus.
The Source or Sources of this Mystery:
“Regarding the day, year, and manner of Our Lady’s death, nothing certain is known. The earliest known literary reference to the Assumption is found in the Greek work De Obitu S. Dominae. Catholic faith, however, has always derived our knowledge of the mystery from Apostolic Tradition. Epiphanius (d. 403) acknowledged that he knew nothing definite about it (Haer., lxxix, 11). The dates assigned for it vary between three and fifteen years after Christ’s Ascension. …
“The belief in the corporeal assumption of Mary… is mentioned in the sermons of St. Andrew of Crete, St. John Damascene, St. Modestus of Jerusalem and others. In the West, St. Gregory of Tours (De gloria mart., I, iv) mentions it first.”
F. Holweck, “The Feast of the Assumption,” The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume II. Published 1907. New York: Robert Appleton Company. Nihil Obstat, June 1, 1911. Remy Lafort, S.T.D., Censor. Imprimatur. +John Cardinal Farley, Archbishop of New York. Retrieved September 14, 2008 from New Advent: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/02006b.htm