In a reflection issued for the Solemnity of the Assumption, Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M. focuses on its central role and calls upon his flock to regard it less as an obligation, but instead to consider more carefully the reasons to take part in the commemoration.
Pondering Mary’s unique role in the history of salvation and her perfect union with her Son, the early Church made the case for her Assumption in its faith that she ultimately shared in his glory. She was, after all, present at his incarnation and birth, present with Joseph at the Temple in Jerusalem, present throughout his “hidden life,” present at the first miracle at Cana, present at significant moments in his public ministry, present at his crucifixion and placed in the care of John the Beloved Disciple, present at the beginnings of the Church. She could truly say of Jesus, “this is my body, this is my blood.”
Scripture scholars through the centuries have also highlighted various themes in the Bible that support the Church’s belief in the Assumption of Mary. Great works of Christian art depict the death or “dormition” of Mary as well as portrayals of her being taken, body and soul, into Heaven. Faith in the Assumption of Mary has strong foundation throughout the Church’s history.
The Solemnity of the Assumption is also a Holy Day of Obligation in the Diocese of Trenton. Please check with your local parish for Mass times. If you need to find a parish where you can attend Mass, you can search in our Diocesan Parish Finder.