The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – a Holy Day of Obligation

“A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Rev 12:1)

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, the Church will celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which commemorates the time Mary’s body and soul were assumed into heaven, and her passing into eternal life.

This is a holy day of obligation, which requires Catholics participate in the celebration of Mass. Click here to find a parish and Mass times near you.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church 966, “The Most Blessed Virgin Mary, when the course of her earthly life was completed, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven, where she already shares in the glory of her Son’s Resurrection, anticipating the resurrection of all members of his Body.”

Its celebration began in the sixth century and was defined dogma of the Catholic Church by Pope Pius XII in 1950 in the encyclical “Munificentissimus Deus.”