Tomorrow is August 15th … the day Catholics around the world celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
It’s a Holy Day of Obligation … so be sure you know the Mass times near you.
Enjoy this beautiful poem about the Assumption.
Memories of the Assumption
They bore her in a reverent group
To a holy place,
Left her body in the earth –
Her body, “full of grace.”
But Thomas, tardy, slow of foot,
Absent when she died,
Spent with sorrow, craved to see
Her of the Crucified.
There was a swift intake of breath,
A hurried silent prayer:
Startled they opened the new-made tomb
To find but lilies there.
~ Sister M. Angeline
Robert, Cyril. Our Lady’s Praise in Poetry. Poughkeepsie, NY: Marist Press, 1944.
This week’s issue of Genuflect celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary by focusing on the history of the doctrine, it’s importance, the relevance of the feast day, how it’s celebrated in different cultures, and more.
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Belief that Mary has been taken up and is now in heaven with both her body and her soul has been part of the teaching of the Catholic Church since the earliest centuries of Christianity.
Tomorrow, Catholics around the world mark the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, commemorating the end of her earthly life and assumption into Heaven. But while the feast day is a relatively new one, the history of the holiday – and the mystery behind it – has its roots in the earliest centuries of Christian belief.
What is the Assumption of Mary, how did it come to be defined, and what relevance does it have for our lives? Here are 12 things to know and share . . .
Father Francis Weiser describes the history and traditions of the feast of the Assumption, where it originated, and how it’s celebrated around the world.
A precept of the Church explains, “On Sundays and other holy days of obligation the faithful are bound to participate in the Mass.” One of the chief reasons behind these holy days is to highlight a specific aspect of the life of Christ or to give honor to the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the communion of saints. These days are for the spiritual benefit of Christ’s flock and are opportunities to receive grace. Here’s what the Church teaches about The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Assumption of Mary, which we celebrate on August 15, is not just a Catholic extra or add-on to the fundamentals of the faith. It is a vitally important teaching with deep roots in Scripture and direct relevance to our daily lives. Here are eight ways it is significant.
Our Lady is the intercessor par excellence, but sometimes it helps to consider her maternal intervention in our specific needs. For example, if we are feeling weak in faith, or hoping to bring our loved ones to faith, we should turn to Mary. Here’s why …
Our celebration of the Marian Solemnity of the Assumption may be more joyously observed by rediscovering the gems contained in the apostolic constitution, Defining the Dogma of the Assumption. This reflection considers 5 gems contained within the papal document on Mary’s Assumption.
The Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary conclude with two events, the Assumption of Mary into heaven, and her Coronation as Queen of all Creation.The Church celebrates the Assumption tomorrow and her Coronation follows next week, on August 22. Aside from partaking in the prayer and beauty of these mysteries, what can we learn, practically speaking, about our own faith by studying them? Why has the Church placed so much emphasis on Mary’s Assumption and Coronation?
The image corresponds to an early belief of the Church called the “Dormition of Mary.” Here’s why.
On this Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, invite Our Lady to speak these words to your heart.
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