Our Lady of the Magnificat

Feast of the Assumption

 The Assumption of the Virgin
Guercino 1591-1666



The Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary falls on August 15th. It is a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics, requiring attendance at Mass. In those years where the feast falls on Saturday or Monday, the feast is still celebrated, but the obligation to attend Mass is lifted.

At Our Lady of the Magnificat, we treat this feast as the patronal feast of our parish, which is named in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In addition to the Mass, we hold "The Blessing of the Waters," an event described below.

The Blessing of the Waters

Ancient tradition holds that on the Feast of the Assumption, there is healing to be found in the waters of the sea. At Our Lady of the Magnificat, located between the waters of the Great South Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, we honor this tradition each year on or near the feast of Our Lady.

We offer the Sacrament of the Sick to those who seek healing and we pray for the sick and for those who care for the sick. Each year, we also process to the beach where we invoke God's blessing upon the waters of the sea and upon the sick and those who venture in or upon the waters. Many of those who take part enter the water to pray for healing for themselves or for someone they love.

If you would like to join us for this beautiful, faith-filled event, please watch the parish newsletter or check these pages for information about this year's celebration.

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