The Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary is celebrated in the Catholic Church every August 15th. It commemorates Mary’s parting from the world and the assumption of her body into heaven.
The Holy Land celebrated this feast with different liturgies. On the eve of the feast, the Franciscan missionaries of the Custody of the Holy Land carried out a Vigil in the Garden of Gethsemane where several episodes of the Gospel of Mary’s life were read in different languages. Prior to the readings, a procession took place where an image of the Virgin of Fatima was carried into the Basilica of the Agony.
On the day of the Feast, August 15th, High Masses were celebrated in both The Church of All Nations in Gethsemane and the Dormition Abbey, the place that commemorates the actual Assumption. Here, The Benedictine monks, who have custody of the church, keep the tradition of making a procession into the Virgin’s crypt at the end of the mass.
On the same day, another procession took place in the Church of the Tomb of Mary. The Rosary litanies were sung while the pilgrims entered the empty tomb one by one. The church is in the care of the Eastern Orthodox Churches and August 15th is the only day in the year when a Roman Catholic ceremony takes place in the temple.