The Assumption of Mary
For every Catholic, this is one of the major holidays of the year, the celebration of the death and resurrection of the Blessed Virgin. Nostro Damo d’Agost, “Our Lady of August,” as people in Auvergne still call it in the Roman language.
On this day throughout my childhood, I would go to the pilgrimage of Our Lady of Consolation in Thiézac with my beloved grandmother. My heroine Gabrielle in Mistress of the Revolution also attends that pilgrimage. I wish I could do so again this year but this is not to be.
The Church teaches 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 over all things.”
For a detailed analysis of the dogma, I refer you to the Catholic Encyclopedia.
And to illustrate this post, I chose a magnificent painting by El Greco.