Monday, August 15, 2011

Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary

In the Catholic Church, the Assumption of Mary was the bodily taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her life.  It teaches as dogma that the Virgin Mary "having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory."[1] It is a major feast day in some countries and is celebrated as a Solemnity every 15th of August [2]. 

This doctrine was dogmatically and infallibly defined by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950, in his Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus.[3]


[1] Assumption of Mary. (2011, August 14). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 14:45, August 14, 2011, from

[2] Calendar of the Liturgy of the Hours 2011. OCDS St. Teresa of Jesus Manila, p40 

[3] Defining the Dogma of the Assumption. Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XII. Retrieved on August 14, 2011, from

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