Solemnity of Mary's Assumption



Describe the scriptural support for the dogma of Mary's Assumption.
Like the dogma of Mary's Immaculate Conception, the dogma of the Assumption is not explicitly stated in the Bible.  The teaching that 'at the end of her earthly course, Mary was assumed into heavenly glory, body and soul' was dogmatically defined by Pius XII in 1950 in Munificentissimus Deus.


What does scripture tell us about Mary's life?
A frequently asked question:

What about Mary's death?
A frequently asked question:

What do we know about Mary's life from apocryphal sources?
There are a number of ancient texts not in the canon of Sacred Scripture which claim to present details about the life of Mary. The Protoevangelium Jacobi [First Gospel of James] (ca. 150) ...

 Church Documents

Defining "ex cathedra" (from the chair of Peter) the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin

Mary and the Church: Assumption (eschatological image)
A list of quotations on the Assumption from post-Vatican II magisterial documents such as this from Lumen Gentium, Chapter 8: "in the Blessed Virgin the Church has already reached that perfection whereby she exists without spot or wrinkle (cf. Eph 5:27)" 65

What are the Marian dogmas?
There are four Marian dogmas:

1) Divine Motherhood - Council of Ephesus 431
2) Mary's Virginity
a) Virginal Conception through the Spirit - Baptismal symbols since 3rd century.
b) Perpetual Virginity (virginal birth and no other children) - Baptismal symbols since 4th century (first in eastern church)
3) Immaculate Conception (Mary's freedom from original sin) - Pius IX, 1854
4) Mary's Assumption (body and soul) into heaven - Pius XII, 1950


Development of the Liturgical Celebration of the Assumption
It is often stated: As the Church prays, so she believes. The great prayer of the Liturgy aided the development of the doctrine of the Assumption.

A Variety of Customs Associated with the Assumption
A variety of local, regional and national customs are associated with the Feast of the Assumption on and around August 15th

Which are the Marian feast days?
There are many Marian feast days celebrated in the Catholic Church, but the principal ones are the Solemnity of Mary, the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple, the Annunciation, the Assumption and the Immaculate Conception ...

Marian Feasts Past and Present
The following feature points to the evolution of Marian Feasts in the recent past. It shows the feasts in vigor before the liturgical reform of 1969, the changes made in 1969, and the further developments of 1986.

Does the liturgy give us any hints about Mary's life?
Several events concerning Mary's life are commemorated during the yearly liturgical cycles of the Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian Churches.


An Overview Page
The following overview page gives direct links to assist in varied ways to contemplate Mary’s assumption into heaven. At the end of the links is a select bibliography.

Historical Background: Belief in Mary's Assumption
Introduction: Belief that Mary has been taken up and is now in heaven with both her body and her soul has been part of the teaching of the Catholic Church since the earliest centuries of Christianity.

Mother of the New World
The meaning of the Assumption is that of a culmination and a new beginning. With the Assumption, the promises of the Lord were fulfilled for Mary, and as always, beyond all expectation. … Rev. Johann G. Roten, SM

A Reflection on the Feast of the Assumption
The following contribution to Mary Page on the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a contemplation on a 15th century Greek Orthodox icon painted by iconographer Andreas Ritzos … by Virginia Kimball

Prayerful Reflections on the Assumption
St. Alphonsus de Liguori is one among the saints who writes that Mary died for sheer longing and love of the Savior. Below is a quotation from his seventh discourse, "The Assumption of Mary"


Mary's Flowers During the Middle Ages
Includes a section on the custom of bringing herbs for a blessing on the Assumption.

How do religious names of flowers originate?
Includes Assumption lily.

Explain the 'Marian Year' celebrations
There was a Marian Year in 1950. It coincided with the proclamation of the Dogma of Mary's Assumption by Pope Pius XII.

Why do we call Mary Queen?
Assumption and Coronation must be sharply distinguished.
[See more under Queenship memorial]


The Rosary in Image and Text Meditations Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church
Includes the Glorious Mysteries and therefore the Assumption


The following poems celebrate the mystery of Our Lady's Assumption. The reader will also find here poetry which explores the relationship between the season of Summer and the Blessed Virgin's role in salvation history.

New Marian Poetry
Includes: Assumpta est Maria en Coelum


What are the fifteen symbols of the Immaculata represented on the famous tapestry of Our Lady in Reims, France?
The famous tapestry of Our Lady in the Reims Cathedral comprises fifteen tableaux relating the life of Mary.

What is the meaning of the crescent moon that Mary is sometimes pictured standing upon?
Includes: The crescent appears under Mary's feet in paintings of the Assumption (Meister of the Luzien-Legende, 1485) and signifies her glory and victory over time and space.


Bibliography [only of] Articles in Marian Studies
1950 -- Present: Summary List In May 1999, the Mariological Society of America celebrated its fiftieth year as an academic theological society. For each of the fifty years, the society published the papers presented … Includes work on the Assumption


Marian Theology Tape 2 [Lecture by Anthony Tambasco], 100 min,1990.

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