The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Holy Day Mass Times

  • Wednesday, August 14 | 7:00 pm Mass
  • Thursday, August 15 | 9:00 am Mass

What is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary?

In 1950, Pope Pius XII, in his encyclical Munificentissimus Deus, dogmatically defined the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In his teaching, he states that "at the end of her earthly course, Mary was assumed into heavenly glory, body, and soul." He also wrote that it was not new doctrine he was defining, but rather formalizing the revelation given us through the Apostles. Interesting to note is that the encyclical simply speaks of the end of her life and does not talk about her death. The Church leaves it to pious opinion and does not have a defined position on if or how Mary died.