Today, August 15th, we celebrate the Solemnity of...
Who: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
What: The Church teaches "We pronounce, declare and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory".
When: Pope Pius XII dogmatically defined this doctrine in Munificentissimus Deus in 1950.
Need To Knows:
☕️ While many Catholics believe that she did not die at all, but was assumed directly into Heaven, Mary's bodily death has not been infallibly defined by any pope. The doctrine of the Assumption leaves open the question of whether, in connection with her departure, Mary underwent bodily death. It does not dogmatically define the point one way or the other.
☕️ The belief in the Assumption can be found as far back as the second and third centuries, in the apocryphal accounts Transitus Mariae “The Crossing Over of Mary”. Historians have found homilies on the Assumption going back to the sixth century.
☕️ Reminder, today is a holy day of obligation in the United States.
“Today the liturgy invites us to contemplate Mary, taken up body and soul into heaven. By a special privilege, she was enriched by divine grace from the moment of her conception, and Christ, who ascended to the right hand of the Father, opened the doors of his kingdom to her, first among human creatures. Now from heaven, where the Queen of the angels and saints is crowned, the Mother of God and of the Church is close to the Christian people before whom she shines as the “new and immaculate woman (who) mediated for the guilt of the first woman.”
– Pope St. John Paul II
Our Lady of Assumption, pray for us!