On Saturday, August 15, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption. This is the day on which the Virgin Mary, Mother of God, was assumed body and soul into heaven at the end of her earthly life. It’s a joyful feast to honor Our Blessed Mother, and you can start now to begin preparing for this glorious day.
The Dogma of the Assumption was proclaimed by Pope Pius XII in 1950. Marge Fenelon, regular contributor to Morning Air®, recommends that you read the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus which defined this dogma, as a way to prepare to celebrate the upcoming solemnity. It’s a beautiful explanation of what Catholics believe about the Assumption of Mary. Fair warning—it is rather lengthy, so you might want to read a little bit each day.
If you are familiar with praying the Holy Rosary, you know that the Assumption of Mary is one of the Glorious Mysteries. This week, you might pray the Glorious Mysteries in addition to your regular Rosary, or even just the decade of the Assumption. When you do, take time to really meditate and reflect on Our Lady’s entrance into eternal life and then listen to what she wishes to speak to you.
Third, you can prepare your prayer corner for the solemnity. Add some special items to honor the Blessed Mother—maybe some flowers, a statue or image, a candle or Rosary. If you don’t have a prayer corner or a place in your home that you go to for peace and prayer time, why not make one? It doesn’t have to be a fancy or expensive altar. Just a simple shelf or side table decorated with a crucifix, photo, candle, etc. will do the trick! If you put in the work now, you can enjoy this area of your home in the years to come.
As you would prepare for any other very special day, take time to think about and plan out your observance. In doing so, you can prepare your heart and mind to honor the Virgin Mary on August 15, her special day. Attend Mass, pray a family Rosary, eat a special meal or dessert—however your family loves to mark special occasions, do it! Solemnities are a big deal in our liturgical calendar and we Catholics love to celebrate!
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