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Bartolome Esteban Murillo, The Assumption of the Virgin, 1670

 

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

(1st Century)

August 15th is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and a Holy Day of Obligation. It is an ancient feast of the Church, celebrated universally by at least the 6th century. According to tradition, all of the Apostles were present when Our Lady came to the end of her earthly life and peacefully went to be with Christ in Heaven, an event also known as the “Dormition of Mary.” The tomb where her body was laid was found empty, her body being taken up into heaven a short time after she passed into eternal life. The Church’s historic belief that the Virgin Mary is presently in heaven reigning as the Queen of Heaven and Earth, in body and soul, next to her Divine Son, was pronounced as infallible dogma in 1950 by Pope Pius XII. The bodily Assumption of Jesus’ mother into heaven is a foretaste of our own bodily resurrection at the end of time.

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Taken up into heaven, Mary shows us the way to God, the way to heaven, the way to life.”

Saint Pope John Paul II

A great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon beneath her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.”

 cf. Revelation 12:1

mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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