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3 Simple Ways to Celebrate the Assumption of Mary

August 15, 2021

We celebrate the Feast of the Assumption (of the Blessed Virgin Mary) on the 15th of August each year. This day marks the holy day Mary, the mother of Jesus, was assumed, body and soul, into heaven at the end of her life. 

While many huge celebrations—street processions, festivals, fireworks, and more—are held around the world for this holy day, there are simple ways you can celebrate the Feast of the Assumption from your own home...or wherever/however you find yourself today!

 

1. CRAFT CLOUDS WITH KIDS

Envision Mary’s assumption into heaven by crafting a heavenly environment on earth. Create cut-out paper clouds, clouds with cotton balls, or other celestial objects.Here are some ideas. Have aMary doll? Play make-believe with your new clouds!

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2. PLANT A MARY GARDEN

 We love honoring Mary year-round. What better day than today to plant seeds for a new garden that will last “forever”? Bring a bit of heaven to earth with beautiful flowers surrounding our Mama Mary. You’ll watch the flowers bloom and rise in the spirit of her own assumption into heaven. 

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If it's too hot to be outside, make seed starters in egg cartons inside! Or do some other flower crafts. 

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3. MAKE AN ASSUMPTA SALAD

 

Did you know that there is a book called Twelve Months of Monastery Salads? “Eating seasonally” takes on a whole new meaning when you eat for both the liturgical and natural seasons! This recipe, from Brother Victor-Antoine d’Avila-Latourrette, makes the perfect appetizer salad for tomato-lovers everywhere. 
 
Salad

8 medium-size ripe tomatoes, sliced
1 red onion, finely chopped
1 cup pitted black olives, drained
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup chopped fresh oregano
1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 cup cubed feta cheese

Vinaigrette
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
5 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced Salt and freshly ground pepper 

Whisk the vinaigrette ingredients together until thickened. Let stand for about 1 hour before using to steep the garlic. For the salad, arrange tomato slices on 6 to 8 salad plates. Sprinkle the onion and olives among them. Sprinkle the herbs evenly, then add the cheese cubes in the middle of each dish. Whisk vinaigrette just before serving and drizzle evenly over each plate. Serve immediately.

 


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