Catholics celebrate Feast of the Assumption Saturday

Published August 14, 2020, 10:33 AM

by Christina Hermoso

Archdiocese of Manila Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo will celebrate a feast mass at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Our Lady of the Assumption Parish on Asuncion St., Malate, Manila in celebration of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the principal and the oldest feast of the Holy Mother.

The faithful are invited to join the Eucharistic celebration online as the Mass is not open to the public due to the prevailing modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila.

Observed as a public holiday in some countries, Roman Catholics consider the Feast of the Assumption as the Blessed Mother’s “heavenly birthday” in commemoration of the belief of her physical assumption into heaven.

The belief of the bodily taking up of Mary, the mother of Jesus, into Heaven at the end of her earthly life, is also observed by the Eastern Orthodox Churches and Oriental Orthodoxy, among others.

Mary’s assumption into heaven was defined as a dogma of faith by Pope Pius XII in 1950. The Second Vatican Council states that the “Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, when her earthly life was over, and exalted by the Lord as Queen of all things.”