About Today for Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Piazza and Church of Santa Maria Maggiore by Giovanni Paolo Panini [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

August 5

The Dedication of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major

Optional Memorial

After the Council of Ephesus (431) in which the mother of Jesus was acclaimed as Mother of God, Pope Sixtus III erected at Rome on the Esquiline Hill a basilica dedicated to the honor of the holy Mother of God. It was afterward called Saint Mary Major and it is the oldest church in the West dedicated to the honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Note: Optional Memorials and Commemorations are optional celebrations and, at present, we do not include content specific to these special days. This “About Today” is provided so that you can celebrate this Saint as you worship Christ.

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