Saint Mary The Virgin (the Assumption) Solemn Mass


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The month of August has only one solemnity, and it is also a Holy day of Obligation : August 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, body and soul into heaven. This feast has the juxtaposition of being one of the oldest feasts of Mary dating back to the sixth century.

The feast of the Assumption is closely connected to the other Marian dogma of the Immaculate Conception. Mary was conceived without Original Sin, which we celebrate on December 8. She remained stainless from sin, and so the Assumption is the reward of being sinless. Her body was too pure to remain on earth to decompose, so it was taken up by God to be united with her soul.

The main legend which led to the tradition of the Assumption is that the Blessed Mother died in the presence of most of the Apostles (St. Thomas was missing) and her body was laid in a tomb. Later the apostles brought St. Thomas to see the tomb. It was then they discovered  that Mary’s body was gone and the tomb was filled with beautiful and fragrant flowers.