The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This year, the Assumption is not observed as a Holy Day of Obligation in the United States
On this day we recall Our Lady's being assumed into Heaven and crowned Queen. Note that Mary was
assumed into Heaven -- taken up
by the power of God, like Elias and Enoch -- while Christ
ascended into Heaven under His
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven is a defined dogma of the Catholic Church. The Feast of the Assumption commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven - a foretaste of our own bodily resurrection at the end of tie. Because it signifies the Blessed Virgin's passing into eternal life, it is the most important of all Marian feasts and a holy day of obligation.
The Assumption of Mary is celebrated on August 15.
This year, the Solemnity of the Assumption, August 15, is NOT a holy day of obligation in the dioceses of the United States. Please make plans to attend the celebration of Mass to mark this special day.
Friday, August 14
4:30 pm Basilica Chapel (Downstairs)
Saturday, August 15
7:00 am Basilica Chapel (downstairs)
7:45 am Sung Morning Prayer, Basilica Chapel (downstairs)
10:00 am Latin Mass, Basilica Church