Assumpta est Maria in Coeli
A Neapolitan print of Mary’s Assumption into Heaven.
The Assumption of the Virgin, Italian school, 16th century.
What son would not bring his mother back to life and would not bring her into paradise after her death if he could?
- St Francis de Sales on the Assumption
Virgen de la Asunción, Tingüindín, Mexico.
Assumpta est Maria by William Byrd.
Mary has been received into Heaven: the angels rejoice with praises and bless the Lord. Alleluia.
The Assumption day procession in Molfetta, Italy. The statue of Mary was carved by an artist from Naples in the early 19th century.
Peter Paul Rubens’ painting of the Assumption of Mary in Heaven in the cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp, Belgium.
The work was completed in 1626 as an altarpiece for the high altar of the cathedral, which is arguably the most beautiful church of the Low Countries.
A baroque sculpture of the Assumption of Mary in the cathedral of Burgos, Spain.
A statue of the Assumption of Mary in the Rotunda church of St Marija Assunta in Mosta, Malta.
Mary is the prototype of the Church in pilgrimage on earth. She is also, as the Assumpta, the prototype of the permanent Church, established in heaven.
- Edward Shillebeeck
Charles-Antoine Bridan’s high altar in the cathedral of Chartres, depicting Mary’s Assumption into Heaven.
Misterio de Elche
A procession during the mystery play of Elche, a town in the Spanish region of Valencia. The play is a sacred musical drama about the death, assumption and crowning in heaven of Mary. It comprises of two acts, which take place every year on the 14th and 15th of August in the city’s streets and inside the basilica of Santa Maria.
As part of the theatrical enactments of the events from Mary’s death and assumption into heaven there are various processions and religious services, a tradition that dates back to the mid 15th century.