Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

detail of a stained glass window depicting the Assumption of Mary; Henri Curcier, date unknown; Church of Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption, Lanquais, Dordogne, France; photographed on 8 March 2015 by Père Igor; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsAlso known as

  • Lady Day
  • Marymass
  • Dies Mariae Deiparae
  • Day of Mary Mother of God



The feast celebrates the assumption of the body of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven upon her death. According to Pope Benedict XIV, it is a probable opinion, which it is impious to deny, though not an article of faith. The origin of the feast day is not known but it was celebrated in Palestine before the year 500. It is a holy day of obligation, its vigil being a fast day, in all English-speaking countries except Canada. Among the many masters who have painted the subject of the Assumption are Fra Angelico, Ghirlandajo, Rubens, Del Sarto, and Titian.

Name Meaning

  • ad, to; sumere, to take (latin)


Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary“. CatholicSaints.Info. 17 June 2018. Web. 20 July 2018. <>