What is August 15?

In the public opinion of the day of 15 August is now more known as just a day off, not a religious feast of the assumption. This day represents for most non-Church event (though this Tuesday and is celebrated by 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide), and the peak of the holiday season with crowded beaches, the lull on the political scene and the impending prospect of an autumn resumption of the…

Anyway, in the Catholic parishes of France on 15 August is an equally important religious holiday as Christmas, Easter, Pentecost and all saints Day. This is the feast of the assumption. In the Church the faithful flock, and the temples dedicated to the virgin Mary in Lourdes, La Salett, Pantene, Rocamadour, on the Paris street Tank, and small country chapels to get old banners for processions in honour of the virgin Mary, on whose death the Church remembers…

In the Christian Scripture has little to say about how the earth ended the life of the virgin, however, from the first centuries of the Church in Jerusalem entrenched tradition to celebrate her “assumption” on August 15. This concept meant that she mysteriously died, went to sleep, and ascended to heaven body and soul according to the Christian faith.

At first this tradition was confirmed in the Orthodox faith, where she served as an inspiration to many icons and remains a great holiday. She then went to the Catholic Church during the first Millennium and was finally enshrined as the norm by Pope Pius XII in 1950: “the Immaculate virgin, preserved not privy to all the filth of original sin, making the way of life on earth, was taken body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen of the universe, to better resemble His Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.”

In France, the assumption there is a clear historical as king Louis XIII in gratitude for the news of the birth of the future Louis XIV officially dedicated the country to the virgin Mary in 1638, and introduced a procession on August 15, a national holiday.

Much less well-known oath uttered in Paris, in Montmartre on 15 August 1534, a small group of fellow students who were passionate about the figure of Ignatius de Loyola. Thus, they initiated the Jesuit order.