"On November 1, 1950, Pope
Pius XII solemnly proclaimed as a divinely revealed
truth "that the Immaculate Mother of God, the
ever-virgin Mary, on the completion of her earthly
life, was assumed body and soul into heaven."
By the fifth century, August fifteenth
was kept at Jerusalem as the Commemoration of the
Mother of God. In the sixth century the feast of Mary's
Falling Asleep spread throughout the East Finally
in the eighth century the day was celebrated as the
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
The Encyclical Munificentissimus
Deus, before defining the dogma, reviewed
the increasing awareness of this truth over the centuries,
recalled the words of Holy Scripture which the fathers
and theologians used to support their considerations
and underlined this dogma's harmony with many other
truths of the faith, such as Christ's resurrection
and our own." Lives of the Saints, Augustine
See the calendar for more information
about the Solemnity of the Assumption.