The feast of the Assumption celebrating the death, resurrection, entry into heaven and the coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated in Monaco on Saturday, August 15.

In 1950, Pope Pius XII proposed a precise definition: “The Immaculate Virgin, preserved by God from any attack of the original fault, having completed the course of her earthly life, was raised body and soul to the glory of heaven, and exalted by the Lord as the Queen of the universe, in order to be thus more fully in conformity with her Son, Lord of lords, victorious over sin and death ”. The definition is part of the dogmas of the Church.

The Assumption of Mary is often associated with the Ascension of Christ; in fact, the words are alike and in both cases there is a mysterious ascent to heaven in the glory of God.

However, “assumption” does not come from the Latin verb “ascendere” (to ascend, to rise), which gave “Ascension”, but from “assumere” (to assume, to take away). The etymology underlines the divine initiative: Mary does not rise all alone towards heaven, it is God who chooses to “assume” her, body and soul, by uniting her to his Son without waiting for the resurrection. final, so much she knew how to unite, body and soul, to Him from her earthly life.

Celebratory masses include: Cathédrale : 10:30; Sainte-Dévote : 08:30, 10:30, 18:00, and 19:30; and Saint-Charles : 08:30, 10:30, 18:30

ORIGINAL SOURCE: Diocese of Monaco