Assumption University of Thailand, in a grand display of faith and reverence, recently commemorated the Feast of the Assumption on August 15, 2023. This pivotal day in the Christian tradition marks the belief that the Virgin Mary did not die. She was assumed, by God, body and soul into Heaven.
The Feast carries unique importance for Assumption University, as our University is named in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary “Our Lady of the Assumption.” Every year, the AU community gathers to pay homage, ensuring the spirit and legacy of the Feast remain ever vibrant within the institution’s corridors.
To set the tone for the day, a solemn Holy Mass was celebrated at the St. Louis Marie de Montfort Chapel. The service serves as testament to the deep spiritual connection the University shares with its patroness, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Upon conclusion of the Mass, members of the AU community were invited to pay their respects at the “Seat of Wisdom”, a statue that signifies the Virgin Mary as the dwelling place of Christ— the Supreme Wisdom. The annual Crowning Ceremony was a memorable moment, taking place on the steps of the iconic Cathedral of Learning at AU’s Suvarnabhumi Campus.
It was during this solemn ritual that Rev. Bro. Dr. Bancha Saenghiran, AU’s esteemed President, crowned the statue of the Virgin Mary, “Sedes Sapientiae”, with an intricately designed solid gold crown, symbolizing the university’s deep-seated reverence and commitment to the Christian faith.
Drawing the day’s religious activities to a close, attendees made their way to the picturesque Sala Thai, the Thai Pavilion at Sala Jaturamookpaichitr. Overlooking the tranquil waters of the Suvarnabhumi campus lakes, the AU community enjoyed an array of refreshments courtesy of the University, making it a perfect conclusion to a day filled with devotion and community spirit.
For Assumption University, the Feast of the Assumption is more than just a day of observance; it is a testament to the institution’s dedication to upholding Christian values and traditions in today’s world.
Source: AU Library