Assunta, a famous depiction of
Mary's ascension into heaven, by 16th century Renaissance
Feast of the Assumption is one of the most important feast
days of the year and a Holy Day of Obligation on the official
Roman Catholic Church calendar.
By tradition, the holy day is observed every August 15th. This year, the Feast of the Assumption occurs on Sunday, August 15, 2021 and coincides with regular Sunday services.
to Roman Catholic theology, Mary was "assumed body and
soul into heavenly glory" several years after her son,
Jesus, ascended into heaven.
The importance of this event in Mary's life is only surpassed by her role in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. The moment of Mary's ascension into heaven has been
depicted in dozens of painting masterpieces and became a central
theme in Renaissance
In the Eastern Orthodox Church, the
miracle of the Assumption is called the Dormition and also celebrated
on August 15. By either name, the day marks Mary's triumph over earthly existence as she is transported body and soul into heaven by her son, Jesus Christ.