On Friday, August 15, we celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed (taken up) body and soul into heavenly glory. She was exalted by the Lord as Queen of Heaven and Earth, and in this Assumption Mary was the first to experience the bodily Resurrection that is promised to all who believe in Christ. Our Mary altar depicts Mary, above the clouds, with arm raised, being taken up into heaven.
We have no real knowledge of the day, year, and manner of Our Lady’s death. The dates which have been assigned to her death vary between three and fifteen years after Jesus’ Ascension. For hundreds of years, Catholics observed the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary — but it was not until 1950 that the Church proclaimed this teaching a dogma of the Church — one of the essential beliefs of the Catholic faith.
In recognition of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mary statue from the D’Youville Chapel will be displayed in the Cathedral on August 15. The D’Youville Chapel’s statue of Mary is an original artifact, dating back to the 1950s. The D’Youville Center (now part of Christ the King School) was originally a convent for the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart who were instrumental in the life of the school.
Masses for this Holy Day will be held on Thursday at 5:30 pm (Vigil) and Friday at 6:45 am, 8:10 am, 12:10 pm, 5:30 pm and 7 pm in Spanish.
In addition, Rosaries will be held after each Mass for the Feast of the Assumption, Thursday Vigil Mass, August 14 and Masses on Friday August 15. All who are able to stay after Mass are welcome to pray the Rosary asking Our Blessed Lady to intercede for graces through the Holy Spirit for Our Priests, Deacons, Seminarians, Families and Singles; a Respect for Life from Conception until Natural Death; and especially for Peace in the World and the Middle East.
On this beautiful Feast day of the Assumption we give thanks to her for being our Spiritual and Heavenly Mother always leading us closer to her Divine Son, Jesus. Please join us.
God Bless You,