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From: THE ETHIOPIC SYNAXARIUM page 1222-24

XVI. NAHASSÉ

 

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER AND THE SON

AND THE HOL Y GHOST, ONE GOD

 

On this day took place the ASCENSION of the body of our

Lady MARY, the God-bearer, into heaven. After her death the

Apostles continued to be sad and sorrowful, because of her

separation from them, and because they were left orphans by

her; for our Lord had given them the hope that they would see

her in the flesh. Whilst JOHN the evangelist was preaching

in the country of Asia, on the sixteenth day of the month of

Nahasse, he was caught up in the spirit to the Garden of

Delight, and he saw our Lord Jesus Christ sitting by the Tree

of Life, where was the body of our Lady MARY, and He com-

manded His Seven Angels to summon her from earth. And they

said unto her, "God, our Lord Jesus Christ, commandeth that

the [fol. 143 b I] body of His pure mother shall go forth." And

straightway the body of our Lady MARY went forth from the

grave at the foot of the Tree of Life, and our Lord Jesus Christ

comforted her, and He said unto her, "Come to Me, O My

beloved mother, that thou mayest ascend to the kingdom of

heaven, to the joy which is everlasting." And straightway all

the trees of the Garden bowed their heads, and the angels and

archangels took her up, and the righteous bowed low to her .

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And DAVID, the prophet, sang a hymn of praise, saying, “And

the Queen shall stand at Thy right hand, and her apparel shall

be of fine needlework with gold woven through it" {Psalm xlv,

9). And she sat down at the right hand of the Son of God, with

great glory, and she went up into the heavens sitting upon the.

chariot of the Cherubim. And JOHN the evangelist was blessed

by her, and he bowed low before her, and he turned and came

down from heaven, and found the Apostles gathered together

and sorrowing for the body of our holy Lady, MARY the Virgin.

And JOHN told them what he had seen, and how they had taken

the body of our Lady MARY up into heaven, with great joy,

and praise, and songs, and hymns. And when the Apostles

heard this they were exceedingly sad and sorrowful because

they had neither heard nor seen what JOHN had heard and

seen. And whilst the Apostles were sorrowing behold our Lord

Jesus Christ appeared unto them, and said unto them, "Peace

be unto you, O My children! Why are ye sad about the body

of My mother MARY? Behold, I shall show her to you, and

[fol. 143b 2] your hearts shall rejoice"; and having said these

words He went up into heaven with great glory. And the

Apostles continued [to wait] there for a full year. And on the

first day of Nahasse JOHN said unto the Apostles, “Come, let

us fast for two weeks, and let us entreat God, and make sup-

plication unto Him, that He will consider us worthy and will

shew unto us the body of our holy Lady, the Virgin MARY,

sitting on the right hand of her beloved Son, that we may

rejoice in her." And they fasted as JOHN had said unto them,

and it came to pass that when the sixteenth day of Nahasse

had come, as it were to-day, our Lord Jesus Christ caught all

the Apostles up to heaven, and they saw in her flesh our holy

Lady, the Virgin MARY, sitting on the right hand of her beloved

Son and God in great glory .And she stretched out her hands,

and blessed each one of the Apostles, and the souls of the

Disciples rejoiced exceedingly. And our Lord Jesus Christ

served as priest in His holy Body, and STEPHEN the arch-

deacon ministered with Him, and JOHN with Him, saying,

"Stand up in fear”; and all the Apostles stood up around the

altar. And there was great joy at that time, the like whereof

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before never was. And when our Lord had finished, He gave

them the Holy Mysteries. And then [MARY] went up before

them sitting upon the chariot of the Cherubim. And our Lord

Jesus Christ said unto our Lady MARY, "Tell thy children, the

Apostles, to preach in all the world the commemoration of thy

Ascension into heaven," as it was on [fol. I43b 3] this day.

"Whosoever shall celebrate thy commemoration, I will destroy

his sins, and he shall never see the fire at all, for mercy shall

find every soul who shall take heed and shall receive the Holy

Mysteries on this day, which is the day of thy Ascension into

heaven." And our Lady MARY said unto Him, "Behold, my

sons, behold, they have seen with their eyes, and they have

heard with their ears, and they have received with their hands,

and they shall see other wonders greater than these"; and as

the Virgin was saying these words she gave the salutation of

"Peace" to the Apostles, and they returned to the Mount of

Olives. And it is meet for us, O beloved brethren, to celebrate

the commemoration of the Ascension of our Lady MARY into

heaven with joy and gladness, so that she may make inter-

cession for us, at all times, with her beloved Son, our Lord Jesus

Christ. Salutation to the ASCENSION OF MARY into heaven,

and to MARY as the tree of knowledge, and to her body.