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Assumption: In Mauritius, There Is A Deep Popular Devotion To The Virgin Mary

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Tomorrow, Monday August 15, Christians around the world will celebrate the Assumption, one of the great feasts of Christian life. This religious feast is on the calendar of holidays in the country this year.  The Assumption comes from a Latin word that means “to take away”: Mary, after her death, was taken away from earthly life to enter life in God.

The Virgin Mary considered the “mother of God, mother of the Church and mother of all”, has an important place in the faith of Catholics.  But beyond religious beliefs, there is also in Mauritius a deep popular devotion to the Virgin; Mauritians, sometimes non-Christians, see in her the figure of a “gentle and protective mother”. And during the day of August 15, many will go to the Marian caves to pay homage to the Virgin by placing flowers and candles.

Masses are planned in all the churches throughout the country, where many faithful are expected to attend after two years of health restrictions during which the celebrations were held in the presence of a limited number of faithful.

The Church has a special thought for the priests who were ordained on August 15, the feast of the Assumption. This August 15, 2022, Father Adrien Wiehé (67 years of priesthood) will celebrate his anniversary of priesthood.

  • Live broadcast of the Assumption Mass on MBC Sat and Senn Kreol at 9:30 am

Mass live from the Notre-Dame-Auxiliatrice chapel in Cap Malheureux celebrated by Father Jacques-Henri David.

  • Special program on Senn Kreol (8:30 p.m.) & MBC Sat (9:10 p.m.): “Mary in Art” highlighting the figure of the Virgin Mary in artistic works. Mary is also undoubtedly the female figure in Christianity who has most inspired artists over the centuries – be it in painting, sculpture, and other artistic disciplines. In Mauritius and in several countries, this sensitivity to the sweetness of the Virgin is present in the work of many artists.

The program is presented by Anabella Labêche and the participants are:  Father Philippe Goupille, Dean Nookadu, Sonia Leong Son, Natacha Amurat, Fabien Raffaut, Orane Fabien and the Singers For Christ Choir.

The traditional Marie cake

Cake - Vive Marie

The tables will be well furnished and the plates well colored. The beautiful outfits will be out and the hearts to the party. As it is Assumption Day, it is around a good lunch – which in most cases will last until dinner – that many Mauritian families will meet tomorrow, Monday August 15, 2022 which is a public holiday. At the center of each table, the traditional blue and white Marie cake will not fail to gather around it all those who see this holiday as an opportunity to get together as a family to share a good time.

Le Matinal media wishes a happy Assumption Day to all Mauritians.

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