Thursday, August 15, 2013

Solemnity of the Assumption

"Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death." CCC 966

Today is a great Solemnity in the year of our Church... The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary!

The Assumption is traditionally the time for blessing your fruit and herb harvest, so we try to incorporate fruit and herbs into our celebration. Of note, we have no home grown fruits or herbs to bless, but that would be really cool if we did. And herb(s) is a really awkward word to say.

A few years ago we made a strawberry mint punch for the Assumption, but to be honest, it was too thick and sweet. So this year I simplified things and used store bought raspberry lemonade and threw some sprigs of mint into it. Less money, less time... I win.

We also made blueberry muffins, which are white for Mary's purity and blue for her mantle. This little combo made of a delightful afternoon snack.

The kids made an Assumption craft from Paper Dali. We threw some cotton ball clouds on them, because who doesn't like cotton ball clouds?

Finally, on our way to mass, we prayed a decade of the rosary meditating on the mystery of the Assumption. Try not to celebrate Solemnities and Feast Days and leave out the prayer part. That is the point of the day, to thank God for a particular Saint or event in our Church's history and to contemplate how it effects our lives today. I'm done preaching.

Be saints, it's worth it! Lisa


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