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Feast of the Assumption: Church celebrates Blessed Mother’s ‘heavenly birthday’

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By Christina Hermoso

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will celebrate a high mass at 6 p.m. today, August 15, at the Our Lady of the Assumption Parish on Asuncion Street, Malate, Manila, in celebration of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the principal and the oldest feast of the Holy Mother.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle presides mass at the EDSA Shrine to celebrate the feast day of the Our Lady of EDSA which also marks the 32nd Anniversary of the People Power Revolution. (PHOTO/ ALVIN KASIBAN)

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle (ALVIN KASIBAN / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Masses will also be held at 6 a.m. and at 12 noon. A Marian procession was held yesterday evening after the 6 p.m. mass. Novena masses were held from August 6 to 14.

Marian processions, Eucharistic celebrations, and novena prayers will be also held in several Catholic churches, Marian shrines, convents, and seminaries today

Observed as a holy day of obligation by Roman Catholics and as a public holiday in some countries, Roman Catholics consider the Feast of the Assumption as the Blessed Mother’s “heavenly birthday” in commemoration of the belief of her physical assumption into heaven.

Mary’s assumption into heaven was defined as a dogma of faith by Pope Pius XII in 1950. The Second Vatican Council states that the “Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, when her earthly life was over, and exalted by the Lord as Queen of all things.”

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