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Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the taking into heaven of Mary, soul and body, at the end of her life on earth, a truth of faith that was proclaimed a dogma by Pope Pius VII on November 1, 1950. The feast, among the oldest and most solemn dedicated to Mary, has a long history; it was celebrated by Christians as early as the seventh century. Because this Solemnity this year falls on a Monday, it is not a holy day of obligation.