"Finally, when blessed Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was about to be called from this world, all the apostles, coming from their different regions, gathered together in her house... And behold, the Lord Jesus came with his angels, and taking her soul, handed it over to the archangel Michael and withdrew. At dawn, the apostles lifted her body on a pallet, laid it in a tomb, and kept watch over it, awaiting the coming of the Lord. And behold, again the Lord presented himself to them and ordered that her holy body be taken and carried up to heaven. There she is now, joined once more to her soul; she exults with the elect, rejoicing in the eternal blessings that will have no end".
– St Gregory of Tours.
Detail from the facade of Notre Dame de Paris.
Today is the Solemnity of the Assumption, and my sermon for today can be read here.