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Les Vies de la Vierge : Etat de la question

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The Apocalypse of the Virgin or Descensus ad Inferos Mary, is a part of a very special literary genre dealing with the theme of intercession or mediation of Mary for the dead that are in the Underworld. It intends to soften, through Mary, the fate of the damned souls, which are held in the Underworld. Inferos of Jesus and Mary can be considered as intercessors or mediators of the dead with God. However, there is a caveat: if Jesus is the mediator or intercessor with God, then Mary acts as a mediator or intercessor to Jesus. It should be noted that the belief in the Dormition assumes that the body and soul of Mary were separated after death and that they will be met at the general resurrection, while the belief in the Assumption considers that Mary is alive in heaven. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Apocalypse of the Virgin; Assumption; Descensus ad Inferos Mary; Dormition of Mary; Jesus; Underworld



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