By Maria Bohan
Did you know that today is a holy day of obligation?
On this day, we commemorate God taking Mary, body, and soul, into Heaven.
Here are some quick facts to help you observe the day:
· Belief in the Assumption dates back as early as the 5th century AD, when, in response to a Roman emperor’s request for Mary’s body, St. Juvenal maintained that her tomb was empty.
· The dogma of Mary’s assumption is universally supported throughout the Church’s history.
· It was ruled an official dogma of the Church by Pope Pius XII in 1950.
· Some countries call the feast day the Dormition of Mary instead of the Assumption.
· Some cultures celebrate by throwing coins from windows to the street, lighting bonfires, and by tending to a Mary garden.
Celebrate this day by attending mass at your local church, or by saying a decade of the rosary. Most importantly, thank the Blessed Mother for answering the prayers of the world time and time again.
Maria Bohan is a Volunteer for the Communications and Development Office at the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York. She is a student at Bryn Mawr College majoring in English and a graduate of Pearl River High School.