"Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy will." ~ Luke 1:38

Saturday, August 17, 2013

~ The Assumption ~

On August 15th the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

This day is also know as the Dormition of the Blessed Virgin...because her body did not know corruption after death.

Her body and soul were taken up into heaven. 
Although the Gospels say nothing about how long the Mother of God remained on earth after Christ's Ascension into heaven, the  foundation of the feast of the Assumption can be found in the sacred tradition of the Church. 

The Feast of the Dormition is one of the oldest of Marian feasts, beginning in Jerusalem shortly after the Council of Ephesus (431).  The Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God" is the title in the East, and "The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the title in the Western Church.

Holy Father Pius XII defined the dogma of the Assumption; solemnly proclaiming:  "By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, and our own authority, we proclaim, declare and define as a truth revealed by God, that the Immaculate Mother of God, the Ever-Virgin Mary, having ended the course of her life on earth, was taken body and soul into heavenly glory."

This Feast is associated with the old custom of the blessing of flowers and herbs.  In our parish, we bring them to our church to have them blessed.

At home, we haven't really had a tradition...well, besides attending Holy Mass.

Soooo, I was excited when this book arrived just a week or so earlier...

Listed under this feast day was this amazing exotic salad...MORACCAN SALAD!

This salad was both exquisite and refreshing!
Moroccan Salad for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
All the combined ingredients gives this dish a gorgeous presentation...and the taste...
both tangy and sweet, making it the perfect combination ~ very flavorful!

Per the Hand-Maid Household - A Feast, just is not a feast without DESSERT. 
We decided to make something super simple. 
Three ingredients.  No baking.  Using what we had on hand.

Little Lamb named them:  A Little Bit of Heaven

Pitted Dates
Shredded Coconut
Coconut Butter or Oil (we used coconut oil because it is what we had on hand.)

Smooth a little coconut oil on date.  Roll date in shredded coconut.  Enjoy. 

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.”
~ Luke 1:39-56

Almighty ever-living God, who assumed the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Mother of your Son, body and soul into heavenly glory, grant we pray, that, always attentive to the things that are above, we may merit to be sharers of her glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
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  1. I learned so much from this post -- the term "Feast of the Dormition," the custom of blessing flowers and herbs , and the Little Bit of Heaven recipe. Thanks heaps!

    "... the Immaculate Mother of God, the Ever-Virgin Mary, having ended the course of her life on earth, was taken body and soul into heavenly glory." -- such fitting words from Pius XII's proclamation.

    1. The term Feast of the Dormition, really solidified it for me...what a beautiful thought to ponder.

  2. When Pope Pius XII declared Mary's Assumption it was the second time a Pope spoke in "infallibility". The first time was in 8 December 1854 when Pope Pius IX declared the Immaculate Conception.

    Only twice has a Pope spoken in infallibility.

    Great post Hand-Maid. Thank you.

    God bless.

    1. Thank you, Victor! You are so right!
      Both dogmas equally critical, as the Mother and Ark of the covenant (of The New Adam); she was kept in perfect preservation...appropriately so.

      Many blessings you you.


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