This weekend, in Southern Africa, the Church celebrates the transferred Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into heaven – which is on the 15 Aug. It is fitting that this solemnity occurs in the month of August in SA, also called “women’s month”. Our reflections on Mary should be a sobering reminder to us of the place and the way women are treated in our Church and society.

There is much evidence that from 4th Century (377) the celebration of the Assumption of Mary have been very much part of the belief of the Church. By the 7th Century it was an established teaching in the East, West and Coptic Churches and celebrated in the month of August.

What does this Solemnity tecah us, today, in South Africa? Mary, in a higly symbolic text, does battle with the dragon in the Book of Revelation. Today we are missioned to fight the dragons that face women: abuse, patriarchy, gender-based violence and inequality. Mary’s assumption also teaches us something about our own identity and, finally, a lesson about our physical bodies.

Join Fr Russell Pollitt SJ as he reflects on the Solemnity of the Assumption.

You can find the texts that this reflection is based on in your bible, or simply just hover your mouse over the following references and the texts will also appear:

Revelation 11:19,12:1-6,10; Psalm 44; 1 Corinthians 15:20-26; & Luke 1:39-56

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