Assumption203_2Novena to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary

Mary, Queen Assumed into Heaven, I rejoice that after years of heroic martyrdom on earth, you have at last been taken to the throne prepared for you in heaven by the Holy Trinity.

Lift my heart with you in the glory of your Assumption above the dreadful touch of sin and impurity. Teach me how small earth becomes when viewed from heaven. Make me realize that death is the triumphant gate through which I shall pass to your Son, and that someday my body shall rejoin my soul in the unending bliss of heaven.

From this earth, over which I tread as a pilgrim, I look to you for help. I ask for this favor: (Mention your request).

When my hour of death has come, lead me safely to the presence of Jesus to enjoy the vision of my God for all eternity together with you. Amen.

Today we will also pray the Litany of Loreto as well as the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary.

On this day, a Holy Day of Obligation, we recall Our Lady’s being assumed into Heaven and crowned Queen. Though the Church has always believed in the Assumption of Mary, the dogma was only formally defined by Pope Pius XII in 1950 in his Bull Munificentissimus Deus. Note that Mary was assumed into Heaven — taken up by the power of God, like Elias and Enoch — while Christ ascended into Heaven under His own power.

This Feast is associated with herbs and fruits, and the Roman Ritual includes a blessing for such. In some parishes and chapels, congregants will bring fresh flowers to adorn the church in Mary’s honor, and will bring the same along with fruit and herbs — especially healing herbs — to be blessed and take home. The giving of these blessed herbs, fruit baskets, and flowers and is a lovely custom of the day, and our prayer is that we emulate Mary by using the blessed herbs to bring healing to the world. Source: Fish Eaters

Blessing of Fruits and Herbs on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Here are a few herbal recipes you can easily make at home.

Herbal Bath Sachet

Muslin or other pourous fabric
narrow ribbon
powdered milk
dried herbs – lavender, thyme, rosemary

Start with a piece of fabric about 4" x 6". Fold it in half the long way, then sew up the bottom and sides. Trim the top with pinking shears so it looks pretty, then turn it inside out so the seams are on the inside.

Mix together the oatmeal, powdered milk (in equal amounts to fit in the bag) plus the herbs. You want to fill each bag about half way full. Tie a ribbon around the bag’s mouth to hold it shut. You can use the ribbon to hang the bag by the faucet so the water runs through the bag.

Herbs & Flowers For Your Hair

Chamomile flowers soften hair
Lavender stimulates hair growth
Marigold lightens hair color
Rosemary darkens hair color
Parsley adds lustre

To prepare a herbal hair rinse, simply bring to a boil 1 T dried herb & 4 cups water. Let simmer for 30 mins. Cool for 30 mins. Strain & use on clean, wet hair. Leave it on for 20 – 30 mins.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary is a symbol of friendship, loyalty, and remembrance, which makes it a very special gift for a friend, especially those close to your heart.

A cupful of fresh rosemary leaves.
A cupful of good quality olive oil.
A sterilized wide mouth jar.

Let the fresh rosemary leaves wilt slightly and crush them with a rolling pin. Put the leaves in the sterilized wide mouth jar and cover them with the oil. Seal the jar and put it on a well-lit windowsill or near a warm stove. Avoid a position that gets too hot or else the herbs will turn musty and start to ‘cook’.

Shake the jar or stir the contents with a wooden spoon at least once a day. Oil should be ready in about a week. Taste the oil and if the flavor is not strong enough repeat the process with fresh herbs.
If the flavor is strong enough you can strain the oil though an oil filter and press the herbs to extract all the liquid. Pour in a sterilized bottle, seal, label and decorate.
Keep refrigerated. It should keep well for up to 3 months.