Happy Feast of the Assumption!
The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Our Lady and her bodily assumption into Heaven, before her body could begin to decay–a foretaste of our own bodily resurrection at the end of time. Because it signifies the Blessed Virgin’s passing into eternal life, it is the most important of all Marian feasts and a Holy Day of Obligation.
On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII, exercising papal infallibility, declared in Munificentissimus Deus [which means “Most generous God”] that it is a dogma of the Church “that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.” As a dogma, the Assumption is a required belief of all Catholics. We can understand this dogma best by praying the Rosary.
This Feast is especially important for us, the “poor, banished children of Eve” because in the “New Eve” our Mother Mary, we share in heaven and in the work of the Kingdom, and in joining our prayer to hers–especially in the Holy Rosary–we fulfill our destiny.
Please continue to pray for your parish in your daily Rosary.