Assumption of Mary

The Assumption of Mary is one of the four Marian dogmas of the Catholic Church, and holds that the Virgin Mary "having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory". The dogma was defined by Pope Pius XII on 1 November 1950, in the apostolic constitution Munificentissimus Deus.[4] 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"),

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
A famous treatment in Western art, Titian's Assumption, 1516–1518
Also called
  • The Assumption
  • Feast of Saint Mary the Virgin, Mother of Our Lord Jesus Christ[1]
  • Falling Asleep of the Blessed Virgin Mary[2]
Observed by
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)[3]

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