Feast of the Assumption of Mary
The Assumption or the "Dormitio Virginis", in the churches of the West and East, are among the oldest Marian festivals.
For the Catholic Church, Pope Pius XII, on 1st November 1950, proclaimed solemnly as the dogma of faith the Assumption of the Virgin Mary to heaven, with the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus.
The feast is celebrated on 15th August, in communion with the Orthodox Church which recalls the same day the feast of the Dormition of Mary.
The main difference between Dormition and Assumption is that the second does not necessarily imply death, but it does not exclude it either.
In this solemn celebrates the Immaculate Virgin Mary; Preserved by all original guilt, at the end of his earthly life, Mary was taken into heavenly glory in soul and body.
The Lord exalt the Immaculate as the queen of the universe, to be more fully conformed to his Son, winner of sin and death (cf.Lumen Gentium, 59).
The Assumption of Mary is an anticipation of the resurrection of the flesh, which for all will come at the end of times, with the Universal Judgment. The Church consider this solemnity the main feast of the Virgin Mary.
Program of celebrations the 15th August 2017:
Lower Church: Holy Mass at 7.30 am, at 5 pm, at 6.30 pm; Solemn Vespers at 6 pm
Upper Church: Holy Mass at 9 am (English) at 10.30 am - 12.00 (Italian)
Let us recall that on August 14 and 15, guided tours to the Basilica are suspended;
A great influx of visitors is expected.