Assumption of Mary

Get Ready to Celebrate the Dormition and Assumption of Mary

"The Assumption of the Virgin" (detail) by Guido Reni

On August 15th of each Liturgical Year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This year, that date falls on next Friday. Mary’s earthly death has been nearly unanimously held by the Church’s theologians through the centuries. The Church’s liturgies affirm this. Indeed, the Solemnity of the Assumption was first known and celebrated as […]

Daily Catholic Quote from St. John Damascene

St. John Damascene Priest and Doctor of the Church

“Even though your most holy and blessed soul was separated from your most happy and immaculate body, according to the usual course of nature, and even though it was carried to a proper burial place, nevertheless it did not remain under the dominion of death, nor was it destroyed by corruption. “Indeed, just as her virginity remained intact when she […]

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Assumption of the Virgin by Guido Reni

Editor’s Note: Reflection on the Mass readings for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Revelation 11:19; 12:1-6, 10; Psalms 45:10, 11, 12, 16; First Corinthians 15:20-26; Luke 1:39-56. This series usually appears each Wednesday. I once asked a college theology class if anyone could explain the doctrine of the Assumption.  A student replied, “yeah, that’s the […]

Assumed Into Heaven

I once asked a college theology class if anyone could explain the doctrine of the Assumption.  A student replied, “yeah, that’s the teaching whereby the Catholic Church ‘assumes’ that Mary is in heaven.” There’s a bit more to it than that.  The Church does not just “assume” that any canonized saint in is in heaven.  Rather, it authoritatively declares that […]

Dormition and Assumption of Mary

On August 15th of each Liturgical Year, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary’s earthly death has been nearly unanimously held by the Church’s theologians through the centuries. The Church’s liturgies affirm this. Indeed, the Solemnity of the Assumption was first known and celebrated as the Feast of the Dormition (the falling asleep […]