Assumption Day is also known as the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and is observed every 15 August in Gabon. Assumption Day celebrates the day when, according to Catholic tradition and doctrine, the Virgin Mary was assumed bodily into Heaven.
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The Assumption of Mary has been a church tradition since at least the 4th Century A.D., but it was not an officially recognised Catholic dogma until the 1950 declaration of Pope Pious XII.
This is the most momentous day of the year on which the Virgin Mary is celebrated by Catholics. For many, it is even more important than Immaculate Conception Day. Special masses across Gabon will highlight Mary as the Mother of God, Jesus that is, and of the Church since the Church is “in” Jesus.
From as early as the fourth century A.D., people have inquired about how Mary’s earthly life ended. Various views existed for many years, including that she had died as a Martyr. But the pope finally declared in 1950 that she had been assumed and not died a normal death, if a death at all.
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