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.
Let us now give praise to Mary, so prudent in preparing for death; and whilst we exalt her glory, we will unite with the nine angel choirs who, on her Assumption into heaven, escorted her!
- Assumption novena prayer
Ntra. Sra. del Transito
An image of Mary on her deathbed venerated in Zamora, Spain.
Totus tuus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt. Accipio te in mea omnia. Praebe mihi cor tuum, Maria.
A prayer of consecration to Mary from Saint Louis de Montfort’s ‘True Devotion to Mary’. In English it reads: I belong entirely to you, and all that I have is yours. I take you for my all. O Mary, give me your heart.