On August 15, we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is the principal feast of Mary. It has a double purpose: first, the happy departure of Mary from this life and second, the assumption of her body into heaven. Departure from this world and entrance into the next is the same movement in two different expressions.
In the Archdiocese of Atlanta we celebration 5 Holy Days of Obligation every year and it is one of the “facts” that Confirmation Candidates, their sponsors and families should be mindful. Holy days of obligation are feast days on which Catholics are required to attend Mass and to avoid (to the extent that they are able) servile work. However, in the Catholic Church in several countries the bishops have temporarily waive the requirement to attend Mass. Today we celebrate the this Marian feast day and remember her importance in bring God Incarnate into the world and the hope we have as we anticipate the joy of heaven.
The five Holy Day’s of Obligation:
January 1 – Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
August 15 – Assumption of Mary
November 1 – All Saints Day
December 8 – Immaculate Conception
December 25 – Christmas Day
For more information about Holy Days of Obligation here is a good site with more information on the meaning of each day.