Feast of The Assumption
Feastday August 15th Holy Day of Obligation
Feast of The Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven
On this day the Church celebrates, in honor of Mary, two solemn festivals;
"... The Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin,
Belief that Mary has been taken up and is now in heaven
The strongest evidence for the belief of the early Christians
A second source, widely spread in the Middle Ages
By the end of the Middle Ages, belief in Mary's Assumption into heaven
The word Assumption comes from the Latin verb assumere,
Mary did not ascend as Jesus ascended of His own power,
Our Lord, Jesus Christ took Mary home to Himself where He is.
The fact that Mary's body had been assumed into heaven
It was not until our own day, however, that it was made a dogma of the Church.
From the earliest times Christians believed
There was a strong tradition that Mary died quietly and peacefully
Her death, according to this tradition, was not like other deaths
Her death, rather, was an act of pure love,
A short time after her burial, according to this tradition,
Mary's Assumption reminds us that she who is in heaven
She loves us more than we can possibly love ourselves,
and she is our powerful intercessor.
What we ask in her name, she will obtain for us.
With God everything is possible, and God can refuse His Mother nothing.
There is no reason for despair so long as Mary reigns as Queen of Heaven.
The Assumption also reminds us that our final goal
If we live according to God's laws,
The troubles we face in this world will be forgotten
And it is the history of Mary which maintains the doctrine it its clarity.
The Resurrection of Mary forecasts the resurrection of each one of us.
Mary's Burial place is Venerated
The tomb of the Blessed Virgin is venerated in the Valley of Cedron,
Modern writers hold, however, that Mary died and was buried at Ephesus.
Since 1187 the tomb has been the property
To thee, we return, O fruitful Virgin, spotless Mother.
O soul redeemed amidst unwonted marvels!
We extol thee, O Mother of God ; for from thee was born Christ,
Behold, O Lord God, the glorious Virgin Mary,