Catholic Q&A

What is the Assumption of the Virgin Mary?
The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the end of the earthly life of Mary and her bodily assumption into heaven, before the normal travails of human flesh could touch her. It is observed on Tuesday, August 15th.

Why is it a Holy Day of Obligation? 
Mary signifies the Blessed Virgin’s passing into eternal life. After the Immaculate Conception, it is the most important of all Marian feasts.

What does that mean for me? 
The Catechism states that on Holy Days of Obligation, we are “to refrain from engaging in work or activities that hinder the worship owed to God, the joy proper to the Lord’s Day, the performance of the works of mercy, and the appropriate relaxation of mind and body.” [CCC 2185]. As Catholics, we are required to attend Mass.

What can I learn from the Assumption?
Mary is a model of sanctity. She shows us how to be faithful to God’s will, living each day with confidence in God’s mercy and love. At the Nativity, in the public ministry, and at the Crucifixion, we see her steadfast trust. She allows the Lord to use her life to accomplish his plan for her and for all of us. In the Preface of the Mass for the Assumption of Mary, we pray: “the virgin Mother of God was taken up into heaven to be the beginning and the pattern of the Church in its perfection, and a sign of hope and comfort for your people on their pilgrim way.” It is this pattern of holiness that we strive to imitate. In the office, at home, or in our community, we look for signs of God’s grace that call us to an ever greater love of him and each other. A greater awareness of God is a sign of our conversion of heart that lives the lessons Mary teaches.

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