The Feast of the Assumption of Mary

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The Feast of the Assumption of Mary

Happy (one day early) Feast of the Assumption!  There’s a short video below in case you need a reminder of what this celebration is celebrating!

The feast day is officially tomorrow, August 15.  And normally it is Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics.  However, the US bishops have waived the obligation for such Holy Days of Obligation when they fall on either a Saturday or Monday.

I have mixed feelings on this waiving of obligations.  I don’t understand why they do this? Anyone?

Personally, it seems it would be better to keep the obligation, and instead teach people the importance and significance of Holy Days of Obligation and how attending mass for such celebrations is more important than pretty much anything else they may have had planned.  But that’s just me.  What do you all think?

Back to the Assumption of Mary…if anyone wants to know more about why Catholics hold these beliefs about Mary, go here.

And if you’re confused as to whether Catholics worship Mary or not, go here.

Here’s the short video on the Assumption:

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Jeff Ferguson August 14, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Thank you for the post! My thoughts are as follows:

The USCCB is not making us go to Mass … but they aren’t making us stay home, either.

The Assumption is a solemnity. So is Christmas. If I am going to go on Christmas, then I should go for the Assumption as well.

Christ was beaten senseless, carried a cross, was nailed to it, hung for hours and died … all so that I could be saved from my own humanity. For all of that, and for so much more, I’m pretty sure that I can make it to Mass, regardless of what day of the week it is.

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