August 15: The Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven

On this day we celebrate that the Virgin May, "having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory." This doctrine was dogmatically defined by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950. The Feast of the Assumption has been observed by the Eastern Church from the 5th century, and by the Roman Catholic Church from the 7th century.

 

 

"Assunta" by Titian, Altar painting in Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice.

From the liturgi of The Church:

For today the Virgin Mother of God
was assumed into heaven
as the beginning and image
of your Church’s coming to perfection
and a sign of sure hope and comfort to your pilgrim people;
rightly you would not allow her
to see the corruption of the tomb
since from her own body she marvelously brought forth
your incarnate Son, the Author of all life