August 15, October 2; August 22-Octave of the Assumption – Our Lady of the Assumption: Patron Saint of India and South Africa

class="alignrightSaint Mary, Our Lady of the Assumption: Patron Saint of South India(Feast Date: August 15)

Feast Dates:

August 14—–Vigil of the Assumption
August 15—–Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven (Instituted by
Pope Leo IV in 847)
Aug 22—–Queenship of Mary – Octave of the Assumption
October 2—–Our Lady of the Assumption—– [Naples, Italy] (11th C.)

Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Assumption: Patron Saint of India (Feast Dates: August 15, October 2; August 22-Octave of the Assumption)

Extract fromTHE ASSUMPTION OF MARY: A BELIEF SINCE APOSTOLIC TIMES: “The Assumption is the oldest feast day of Our Lady, but we don’t know how it first came to be celebrated. Its origin is lost in those days when Jerusalem was restored as a sacred city, at the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine (c. 285-337). By then it had been a pagan city for two centuries, ever since Emperor Hadrian (76-138) had leveled it around the year 135 and rebuilt it as <Aelia Capitolina> in honor of Jupiter. For 200 years, every memory of Jesus was obliterated from the city, and the sites made holy by His life, death and Resurrection became pagan temples. After the building of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 336, the sacred sites began to be restored and memories of the life of Our Lord began to be celebrated by the people of Jerusalem. One of the memories about his mother centered around the ‘Tomb of Mary,’ close to Mount Zion, where the early Christian community had lived. On the hill itself was the ‘Place of Dormition,’ the spot of Mary’s ‘falling asleep,’ where she had died. The ‘Tomb of Mary’ was where she was buried. At this time, the ‘Memory of Mary’ was being celebrated. Later it was to become our feast of the Assumption. For a time, the ‘Memory of Mary’ was marked only in Palestine, but then it was extended by the emperor to all the churches of the East. In the seventh century, it began to be celebrated in Rome under the title of the ‘Falling Asleep’ (‘Dormitio’) of the Mother of God. Soon the name was changed to the ‘Assumption of Mary,’ since there was more to the feast than her dying. It also proclaimed that she had been taken up, body and soul, into heaven. That belief was ancient, dating back to the apostles themselves. What was clear from the beginning was that there were no relics of Mary to be venerated, and that an empty tomb stood on the edge of Jerusalem near the site of her death.” See also:  Our Lady of the Asumption: PICTURE and PRAYER, Images of Our Lady of the AssumptionAssumption of Mary (Multilingual), Catholic.net – La Asunción de la Virgen María (SP), The Assumption of Our Lady, The Feast of the Assumption, Prayer to Our Lady Of The Assumption, Prayer to Our Lady, Assumed into Heaven, Prayer to Our Lady of the Assumption, Our Lady of the Assumption Novena.

Saint Mary, Our Lady of the Assumption: Patron Saint of South Africa (Feast Date: August 15)

Extract from Assumption of Mary (Feast Date: Aug 15). Profile According to the beliefs held by Christians of the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox churches and by some Anglicans, the Assumption of Mary was the taking up of the Virgin Mary into Heaven at the end of her life. The Roman Catholic Church teaches as dogma that Mary, “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.”This doctrine was dogmatically and infallibly defined by Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950, in his Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus. This belief is known as the Dormition by the Orthodox. In the churches which observe it, the Assumption is a major festival, commonly celebrated on August 15. In many countries it is a Roman Catholic Holy Day of Obligation. See picture of Our Lady of Assumption

For more information about St. Mary, Mother of Jesus, see Saint Mary: Blessed Virgin, Mother of God.

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of the Assumption on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Suffering in India (April, 2012) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: May 7- May 20, 2012.

Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa (November, 2009) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 23-December 6,2009.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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