Assumption of the Virgin Mary
This is the major feast of Mary in the Roman Catholic Church, the “Feast of Mary in Harvest” in the Irish Church, and the major feast of all churches that bear her name. As the Assumption is commonly depicted with Mary ascending through the clouds, she has become the patron of aircraft pilots and crew.
Formerly on this day, women were admitted to the Sistine Chapel between first and second vespers, being excluded the rest of the year lest they should disturb devotions with their chatter.
Almighty, ever-living God, You raised to
eternal glory the body and soul of the
immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother os your
Son. Grand that our minds may always be
directed heavenward and that we may deserve
to share in her glory. Amen.