Feast of the Assumption - August 15, 2017

Assumption of MaryWe will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Masses will be at 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM.

On the feast of the Assumption of Mary we celebrate the victory of Christ’s resurrection in that after Mary’s death, she too experienced the fullness of resurrection. The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary commemorates the day of Mary’s death and the fact that her body was received into heaven, like the resurrected body of Jesus (which is celebrated on the feast of the Ascension of the Lord during the Easter season). This belief in the “resurrection of the body” is also our hope that what Mary and Jesus have experienced God will also grant to us and to all who have gone before us in faith.

The Feast of the Assumption is a very old feast of the Church, celebrated universally by the sixth century. The feast was originally celebrated in the East, where it is known as the Feast of the Dormition, a word which means “the falling asleep.” The earliest printed reference to the belief that Mary's body was assumed into Heaven dates from the fourth century, in a document entitled "The Falling Asleep of the Holy Mother of God." We remember that when Jesus talked about the dead daughter of Jairus and his dead friend, Lazarus of Bethany, he referred to death as “falling asleep” because he understood that those who “sleep in death” awake to a life with God through the power of the Resurrection.

Readings for the Mass:

  • Rev 11:19A; 12:1-6a, 10ab. God’s temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple.
  • 1 Cor 15:20-27. Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.
  • Lk 1:39-56. From this day all generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me.

This is also the patronal feast of our Archdiocese. When the seat of the Bardstown diocese was transferred to Louisville in 1841, St. Louis Church became the new cathedral, and Bishop Benedict Joseph Flaget took up his residence next door. Perhaps his last public act was his blessing of the cornerstone for a new structure, today’s Cathedral of the Assumption, on August 15, 1849. Because that was the Feast of the Blessed Virgin’s Assumption, that name was affixed to the parish that had been originally known under the patronage of Saint Louis.

  • [Click here] for some 360◦ views of the Cathedral of the Assumption.
  • [Click here] for information about the Archdiocesan History Center.