An Explanation for Kids
On the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (to use the fancy name for this day), we remember when Mary was taken (“assumed”) into heaven, body and soul, after she died. You will not find this story in the Bible. However, a tradition handed down from the earliest days of the Church says that Mary died in Jerusalem and was buried in a tomb. But when the apostles opened the tomb again, her body was gone. Why would God take Mary’s body and soul into heaven? In part because Mary is special to God: she said “yes” to becoming the mother of Jesus. But God also wanted to show us that one day, all of us will share in the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Mary is the first person in the Church to experience the resurrection in its fullness.
The Story of the Assumption for Kids
When the apostles heard that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was going to be taken from this world, they gathered at her house and kept watch with her. And behold, the Lord Jesus did not let the one in whose womb he had dwelled see the corruption of death; but instead, he came with his angels and took her up to heaven as the beginning and image of the Church coming to perfection, and a sign of sure hope and comfort to God’s people.
—from The Illuminated Rosary
Celebrating the Assumption
Here are a few ways to celebrate the feast of the Assumption:
- In the dioceses of the United States, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is usually a holy day of obligation, meaning the faithful are obligated to go to Mass. If you can’t make it to Mass for some reason, you can read the readings for the day at the USCCB website.
- Do you have an herb garden? It is traditional to bless herbs on the feast of the Assumption. You can find the Blessing of Fruits and Herbs on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary over at Catholic Culture, along with an explanation of this Germanic tradition.
- You can say the Glorious Mysteries of the rosary together as a family, or just the decade focused on the Assumption.
- Use art of the Assumption as an aid to meditating on the mystery; the Illuminated Rosary book, The Glorious Mysteries, contains eleven classical and modern artworks on the Assumption.
- If you need even more ideas for crafts, stories, and recipes for the Assumption, head over to Shower of Roses.
- Check out the Sense of the Sacred: A Coloring Book for Young Illuminators for several Marian coloring pages