The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Special Notice about this Holy Day of Obligation
August 12, 2011
On Monday, August 15, the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, will celebrate Mass.
Monday, August 15, 2011
Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle
1725 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary marks Mary’s assumption, body and soul, into heaven. Her assumption is the promise of what awaits us when Our Lord returns, and we, too, will be raised, body and soul, on the last day.
The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a Holy Day of Obligation. However, when a Holy Day of Obligation falls on a Saturday or a Monday, the obligation to attend Mass is abrogated (temporarily waived) for Catholics in the U. S. (and in other countries). The exceptions to this are Christmas and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. While Catholics are always encouraged to attend Mass, the Solemnity this year is not a Holy Day of Obligation.
The Archdiocese of Washington is home to over 600,000 Catholics living in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.
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