A few words regarding the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and its status for this year as it falls on Saturday, August 15. Usually, the Solemnity of the Assumption is a holy
day of obligation. but, this year the obligation to attend Holy Mass is lifted as the holy day falls under the Saturday/Monday adaptation of the United States bishops from many years ago.
The life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is forever the Daughter of the Eternal Father, Mother of the Incarnate Son, and Spouse of the Holy Spirit, exemplifies the gifts and benefits bestowed upon her by the Triune God.
Her whole life proclaims “the greatness of the Lord.” First, in her Immaculate Conception where the Eternal Father spared her from original sin as well as its effects, and because of this gift and special privilege, the Blessed Virgin Mary fully possessed the grace and freedom always to do the will of the Lord, thus preparing her for what was to come later when she was to become the Virgin Mother of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a young woman betrothed to Joseph. The good Lord prepared Our Lady to become the Mother of His only Son through her Immaculate Conception. And when Our Lady’s life was completed here on earth, “the greatness of the Lord” was manifested in her Assumption into heavenly glory.
Our Lady’s Assumption into the glorious Kingdom of Heaven is the dogma of our Christian faith, which has its roots in Sacred Tradition and has been celebrated in the Universal Church’s liturgy throughout the centuries from ancient times even before its solemn definition by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950. Throughout the centuries, devoted and faithful Christians had always believed and understood that Our Lady, after her earthly life, was given a special privilege when she was assumed into heaven. Taken body and soul together so that she would share in the glory of her Son’s Resurrection. Mary’s complete personhood was taken up into the glorious kingdom. And from that moment on, Our Lady shares in her only Son’s victory as the power of Jesus’ Resurrection is immediately played out when her earthly life was completed.
The Lord God spared Mary’s body from corruption and decay when she was assumed into heaven just as He saved her from original sin and its effects at the beginning of her life through her Immaculate Conception. The Most Blessed Virgin Mary is the first recipient of what will be granted to us at the end of time when the dead will be resurrected.
May Jesus and His Blessed Mother bless you abundantly.