Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Is Aug. 15

On Friday, Aug. 15, the Church will celebrate the great 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.

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On Friday, Aug. 15, the Church will celebrate the great 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. The Assumption is a holy day of obligation, which requires Catholics to sanctify the day by participating in the Eucharistic celebration.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church 966, “The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians.” 

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.”