The Great Feast of the Assumption

The Assumption of Mary (Public Domain Image)

Today we celebrate the beautiful feast of the Assumption. It is the day we have been spiritually preparing for the last 9 days during our novena. But you may be asking yourself, “What is the Assumption about any way?” or, “Why is Assumption important?  or, maybe you are wondering, like someone who recently asked me, “What is the difference between the Assumption of Mary and the Ascension of Jesus?

What exactly is the feast of the Assumption?

The feast of the Assumption is the day where we Catholics remember and honor the singular grace given to Our Lady: being taken from earth BODY and soul into heaven.

When we die, our souls goes to heaven, hell or purgatory as we await the resurrection of the dead while our bodies decay. However, Our Blessed Mother, who was conceived without sin and lived in perfect obedience to God’s will, was assumed body and soul, into heaven. Unlike us, Mary didn’t have to wait, unlike us!

What is the difference between the Assumption and the Ascension?

The Ascension is celebrated 40 days after Jesus rose from the dead (Easter Sunday). It is the day that Jesus ascended to heaven by his own will and power. And therein lies the difference between the Assumption and the Ascension. Jesus ascends by his own power, Mary can not. It is by the power of God that Mary is assumed, of herself, Our Lady can do nothing.

Mary is assumed into heaven and Jesus ascended into heaven. Got it? 🙂

What is the significance of the Assumption?

Celebrating the Assumption reminds us of our destiny: heaven. Mary’s Assumption is a foreshadowing of what awaits us! If we live our life according to God’s will, if we die in the state of grace, we too will be with God, Our Lady, the saints and angels – forever! And, it is a reminder that at the resurrection of the dead at the end of time, we will be reunited with our bodies – our own personal assumption.  How mind-blowing and amazing!

How can we celebrate this special day?

1. The first thing you should do is go to mass. As a matter of fact, the feast of the Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation, so technically you “have” to go. Of course, we don’t celebrate the Eucharist just because we have to, no? 😉

2. Another thing you can do is pray the glorious mysteries of the rosary, as a family if you can.

3. Traditionally, the churches would have a procession in Our Lady’s honor. If your parish is doing a procession, consider joining or put one together yourself for your family.

4. You can do crafts with your kids like this one at crafolic.com or this one at catholicmom.com.

5. You can also make a special meal or treat like I found here and here (scroll down to the Assumption) on catholiccuisine.com.

These are just a few ideas. I’m sure with a little thought you will be able to come up with your own way of honoring Our Lady. May your day be blessed!

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Comments

  1. It’s a feast that’s also a solemnity. Wiki says that the Gloria and Creed are recited on solemnities but I know for sure that we didn’t recite the Creed. I wonder why we didn’t. I can’t remember about the Gloria.

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