The Assumption of Mary is a holy day of obligation requiring Catholics to attend Mass.
The day is so important that it binds the faithful to participate in Mass for the spiritual graces received. The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is always celebrated on August 15.
“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,” was declared as dogma by Pope Pius XII in 1950.
It is a reminder of the final resurrection and shows the tender care Jesus had for his mother, not allowing her mortal body to suffer corruption.
Since it is a holy day of obligation, Catholics are obligated to attend Mass on August 15, or a vigil Mass that is held on August 14. Download our Mass schedule here!
Christians have believed for more than a millennium that the Blessed Virgin was assumed into heaven.