|El Greco, The Assumption of the Virgin, 1577|
On November 1, 1950, Pius XII defined the dogma of the Assumption. Thus he solemnly proclaimed that the belief whereby the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the close of her earthly life, was taken up, body and soul, into the glory of heaven, definitively forms part of the deposit of faith, received from the Apostles. To avoid all that is uncertain the Pope did not state either the manner or the circumstances of time and place in which the Assumption took place — only the fact of the Assumption of Mary, body and soul, into the glory of heaven, is the matter of the definition.You also will find quite a lot of interesting information and art about this feast day at Idle Speculations.
It is a Holy Day of Obligation usually but not in the U.S. this year because it is so close to Sunday.
AND it's a Feast Day in the literal sense of the word. Treat yourself to something Marian ... risen ... that is so light it floats?