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Assunta, by Titian
Titian's 16th century painting, Assunta.
is one of the more famous depictions
of Mary's ascension into heaven.

The 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 Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

According to Roman Catholic theology, Mary was "assumed body and soul into heavenly glory" several years after her son, Jesus, ascended into heaven.

The miracle of the Assumption is also called the Dormition in the Eastern Orthodox Church 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.

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 art.

Today, in the U.S., perhaps the most famous observance of the Feast of the Assumption takes place in Cleveland's Little Italy neighborhood during the annual street fair featuring a traditional religious procession, Italian foods and pastries, family rides, carnival games and fireworks.


More about the Feast of the Assumption around the Web:



Assumption of Mary
- Catholic Encyclopedia entry with a detailed history of the Catholic church doctrine and related historical references.

Assumption of Mary - Wikipedia - Information on the history and legends behind the Feast of the Assumption with links to official church doctrine, depictions of noted artworks and related resources.


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