This Wednesday, August 15th, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation. Join Saint Stanislaus for High Mass at 6:30PM, followed by a procession with a relic of the garments of the Virgin Mary.
Read Pope Pius XII’s Munificentissimus Deus here.
It was fitting that she, who had kept her virginity intact in childbirth, should keep her own body free from all corruption even after death. It was fitting that she, who had carried the Creator as a child at her breast, should dwell in the divine tabernacles. It was fitting that the spouse, whom the Father had taken to himself, should live in the divine mansions. It was fitting that she, who had seen her Son upon the cross and who had thereby received into her heart the sword of sorrow which she had escaped in the act of giving birth to him, should look upon him as he sits with the Father. It was fitting that God’s Mother should possess what belongs to her Son, and that she should be honored by every creature as the Mother and as the handmaid of God.
~St. John Damascene, 7th century