August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

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The Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is one of the most important feast days of the year and a Holy Day of Obligation on the official Roman Catholic Church calendar. On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which the Church celebrates every year on August 15. The dogma of the Assumption states that at the end of her life, the Blessed Virgin Mary was taken, body and soul, into Heaven.

The Assumption of Mary is one of the four Marian dogmas of the Catholic Church. Assumption Day on 15 August is a nationwide public holiday in Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chile, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, East Timor, France, Gabon, Greece, Georgia, Republic of Guinea, Haiti, Italy, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Republic of North Macedonia, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritius, Republic of Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro (Albanian Catholics), Paraguay, Poland (coinciding with Polish Army Day), Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tahiti, Togo, and Vanuatu;[58] and was also in Hungary until 1948.

“The most blessed Virgin Mary, when the course of her earthly life was completed, was taken up body and soul into the glory of heaven” (no. 974). The Solemnity of the Assumption reminds us of the unique role that Mary served in the process of our salvation. Although she was without sin, we have the possibility of receiving God’s forgiveness for our sins through Christ. Her entry into Heaven prefigures our own hope of experiencing the same eternal life.

“The Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is the victory over death and its cause – Satan. It’s a sign of hope which reminds us the purpose of our lives.” Fr. Marek Weresa published on Twitter 

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Every August 15 in Poland, the largest celebrations of the holiday are held at Jasna Góra in Częstochowa with the participation of representatives of the Polish parliament and Episcopate as well as numerous pilgrims.

“At Jasna Góra, under the leadership of Card. Kazimierz Nycz, Mass began. with the participation of participants in Warsaw walking pilgrimages. In total, about 8,400 pilgrims came from the Poland’s capital to the 7th walking pilgrimage.”  

 

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