Charity registration No. SC002876  
Sunday August 11th. 2013
Feast of Our Lady's Assumption, Thursday, August 15th.  HOLIDAY OF OBLIGATION MASSES: Roy Bridge 10 a.m.  Spean Bridge 7.30 a.m.
n November 11, 1950, Pius XII defined the doctrine of the  Assumption, which stated that, because Mary was sinless, she  did not suffer the corruption of the grave,but was taken body  and soul into heaven.  It was the universal will of the people that encouraged Pope Pius XII to  proclaim this truth, which was believed by everyone since the early days  of the Church. So it was nothing new, but rather and opportunity to  define a generally accepted truth.  For 200 years after the crucifixion, every memory of Jesus was  obliterated from the city of Jerusalem, and the sites made holy by His  life, death and Resurrection, became pagan temples.After the building of  the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in 336, the sacred sites were  restored  and memories of the life of Our Lord began to be celebrated by the  people of Jerusalem. One of the memories about this centred around the  "Tomb of Mary," close to Mount Zion, where the early Christian  community had lived and where they knew Mary had died, and the tomb  where she was buried.The memory of Mary was being celebrated as early  
as this, and later it was to become the feast of the Assumption.   For a time, Mary's memory was marked only in Palestine, but then it was  extended by the emperor to all the churches of the East. Soon the name  Dormition of Mary - her falling asleep - was changed to the Assumption of  Mary, the Mother of God.,since there was more to the feast than her dying.It  also proclaimed that she had been taken up body and soul into heaven. This  belief dated back to the apostles themselves.What was clear from the  beginning was that there were no relics of Mary to be venerated, and that an  empty tomb stood on the edge of Jerusalem near the site of her death.That  location also became a place of pilgrimage. Today, a Benedictine Abbey  stands on the spot.At the Council of Chalcedon in 451, when bishops from  tall over the Mediterranean world gathered in Constantinople, Emperor  Marcian asked the Patriarch of Jerusalem to bring the relics of Mary to  Constantinople to be enshrined in the capital. The patriarch explained to the  emperor that there were no relics of  Mary in Jerusalem, that "Mary had  died in the presence of the apostles.When her tomb was opened later, it was  found empty and so the apostles concluded that the body was taken up into  heaven."