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 taking up of the body of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven upon her death. Pope Benedict XIV declared that it was a probable opinion, impious to deny, though not an article of faith, that the Assumption was true. On 1 November 1950, Pope Pius XII defined it as dogma in the apostolic constitution Munificentissimus Deus. 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. 6 December 2021. Web. 7 December 2021. <>