Time out. I wish I wrote the above paragraph, but I didn't... of all websites I have to hand it to about.com. Typically I'm not a fan of them because the site is so ugly (don't tell their mom I said that) and I'm often directed there by accident, but hey, they nailed it.
In case you are worried that you didn't go to Mass today you don't need to be running to confession. Since the Solemnity falls on a Monday it's abrogated. Ooooo, fancy word. It just means the obligation is lifted.
I love solemnities. Not only because my husband gets the day off of work (hooray for FOCUS!), but because they celebrate some of the most important aspects of our faith. Honoring Mary and remembering that one day all in the world will be right and we too will resurrect from the dead is so exciting. I really can't imagine what it will be like, but I seriously can't wait.
Because the feast falls while gardeners and farmers are harvesting there are traditionally blessings of fruits, herbs and flowers on this day. For the blessing and more info check out Catholic Culture.
My daughter picked some flowers from her very own flower garden and took them to Mass with us today for the statue of Mary. She was quite proud.
We also had a special tea time today (there was no tea, so it's more like a snack time, but tea time sounds much more official... and cool) in honor of our Lady.
To eat we had blueberry muffins which are white for her purity and blue for her mantle. To drink we had what I like to call Assumption Punch, which is made of fruit and the herb mint for the items we traditionally bless today. Directions are below!
- 3/4 c. fresh squeezed lemon juice (about 6 small lemons)
- 1 c. strawberries (heaping)
- 1/2 c. pineapple juice
- 1/2 c. orange juice
- 3 c. sprite
- 3/4 c. sugar
- 2 c. crushed ice
- A few sprigs of mint
Step 1: Squeeze the lemons. If you roll them to soften them up a bit before you cut them open it makes the process much easier. Also, you can strain the juice when you are done to get out the seeds, or you can pick the seeds out before you squeeze them.
Step 2: Puree the heaping cup of strawberries. Any appliance with a rotating blade works here.
Step 3: Add the lemon juice and strawberries to all of the other liquids listed above. Stir it all up, garnish with mint and enjoy the deliciousness of summer.