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
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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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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.
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
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.