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The belief that Mary was assumed into heaven, soul and body, at her death, was part of the tradition of the Church dating back to 549 A.D., as witnessed by Gregory of Tours and other Fathers of the Church. According to private revelations to St. Bridget of Sweden and recent archaeological findings, Ephesus is the most likely place where Mary died. In 1946 Pope Pius XII received an affirmative response from all the bishops, and promulgated the dogma of Mary's assumption on November 1st, 1950.

What the Church teaches (video)
General Audience
Pope Benedict on the Assumption

4 Teachings of the Church. . .

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, has four infallible teachings declared about herself:
First, that Mary is Ever Virgin.
Second, in 431 A.D., at the Council of Ephesus, the primary title of Mary as Mother of God (Theotokos) was sanctioned.
Third, on December 8th, 1854, Pope Pius IX declared the Immaculate Conception to be part of the Deposit of Faith.
Finally, on November 1st, 1950, Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption to be part of the Deposit of Faith.
Since the Middle Ages, Saturday has been observed for the commemoration of Mary, when no other obligatory commemoration is scheduled.

Pope Pius XII

Feast of the Assumption
Tuesday 15th August 2023

Rathkenny Old Cemetery Devotions at 6.30pm, then
Mass in Rathkenny Church at 7.30pm, followed by Prayers in New Cemetery & Blessing of the Graves