On August 15, the Catholic Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary. What’s this oldest feast day of Our Lady all about? Find out more with a brief history, an historical video, and some simple crafts you can do with your kids.
by Tracy Bua Smith
It’s the Feast of the Assumption! Here are some great resources to share with your kids (either directly, or paraphrased by you), including a couple videos and some crafts you can do.
A little background on the Feast of the Assumption
First, let’s get a little history and background on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.
Start with this brief history from EWTN.
Next, watch this 8-minute video in which Scott Hahn tells how he explained this feast day to a non-Catholic Christian friend. In it, he shows how Old Testament typology lines up with the New Testament, showing that Mary was viewed as the “new Ark of the Covenant” by the Biblical authors.
In 1950, the Assumption dogma was announced by Pope Pius XII, which means that this teaching has always been believed and taught through the centuries since the time of Jesus on earth, but it was in 1950 that the dogma was “officially” declared in the Church. The video below shows the Assumption proclamation in Rome, Italy. 700,000 people came to fill St. Peter’s Square to witness this sacred, historic day!
Go to Mass!
The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary is a Holy Day of Obligation which means it’s an important feast day so be sure to attend Mass! Here are the Mass readings for the day, which you can preview with your kids. If you’ve watched the Scott Hahn video above, then you’ll be all ready to show your kids how all the readings line up and interpret one another.
Crafts for the feast day
After Mass enjoy doing a few of these crafts that were fun and easy to do.
Several years ago, I made this flower arrangement and placed it on our dining room table on the Feast of the Assumption. I got the lovely free printables from Jennifer’s blog at Catholic Inspired. I am always inspired by Jennifer’s Catholic creativity!
Last year we did this simple craft to help explain the Assumption of Mary. I got the idea and free printable from Real Life at Home. My younger children enjoyed making the craft and I think they did a beautiful job!
What are your plans to celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary?