The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Assumption is one of the most important feast days of the year and a Holy Day of Obligation on the official Roman Catholic Church calendar. According to Roman Catholic theology, Mary was “assumed body and soul into heavenly glory” several years after her son, Jesus, ascended into heaven. The day marks Mary’s triumph over earthly existence as she is transported body and soul into heaven by her son, Jesus Christ.

The importance of this event in Mary’s life is only surpassed by her role in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. The moment of Mary’s ascension into heaven has been depicted in dozens of painting masterpieces and became a central theme in Renaissance art.

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