Assumption of Mary

The Assumption of Mary is one of the four Marian dogmas of the Catholic Church.[3] It was proclaimed by Pope Pius XII in 1950, as follows:

We proclaim and define it to be a dogma revealed by God that the immaculate Mother of God, Mary ever virgin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven.[4]

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
A famous treatment in Western art, Titian's Assumption, 1516–1518
Also called
  • The Assumption
  • Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary[1]
Observed by
TypeChristian
Significancethe bodily taking up of Mary, the mother of Jesus into Heaven
ObservancesAttending Mass or service
DateAugust 15
Sunday nearest to August 15 (Armenian Apostolic Church)[2]
Frequencyannual

The equivalent belief (but not held as dogma) in the Eastern Orthodox Church is the Dormition of the Mother of God or "the Falling Asleep of the Mother of God".


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