2007-08. Celebrating the Assumption of Mary
August 16th, 2007
Quetzaltenango. Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.
August 13, 2007.
Issue: Society / Culture
“According to Roman Catholic doctrine and the traditions of the Catholic Church, the Blessed Virgin Mary, ‘having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.’ This means that Mary was transported into Heaven with her body and soul united. The feast day recognizing Mary’s passage into Heaven is celebrated as The Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Roman Catholics. This doctrine was dogmatically and infallibly defined by Pope Pius XII on 1 November 1950. In those denominations that observe it, the Assumption is commonly celebrated on August 15.” (1)
In October 1776, The Virgin of the Assumption was selected as the patron saint of Guatemala City. Following are images from a procession celebrating the annual event in the city of Quetzaltenango.