Titian's 16th century
is one of the more famous depictions
of Mary's ascension into heaven.
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 Thursday, August 15, 2019.
to Roman Catholic theology, Mary was "assumed body and
soul into heavenly glory" several years after her son,
Jesus, ascended into heaven.
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