Mary Could Not Be Kept down by the Bonds of Death

"Venerable to us, O Lord, is the festivity of this day on which the holy Mother of God suffered temporal death, but still could not be kept down by the bonds of death, who has begotten your Son our Lord incarnate from herself."

-Pope Adrian 1, Letter to Emperor Charles the Great, 8th Century
Pope Pius XII, Munificentissimus Deus #17, 1950

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