August is a wonderful time to celebrate Mary, the Mother of God (and our mother as well)!
On August 15th we rejoice in her most blessed Assumption and on August 22nd we honor her as Queen of Heaven and Earth. For these two beautiful feast days, here are a couple of ideas on how to celebrate with your children. These ideas can be used for either feast day.
1. The first idea is to make twelve stars (we used white card stock) and have your children write a prayer intention on each star. We decorated ours with gold glitter since gold represents royalty, but you could also use blue which is Mary’s color. If your children are very young, you can ask them to verbalize their prayer intentions and then write them on the stars.
We made twelve stars, based upon the verse from Revelation 12:1: “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” We then placed our twelve stars on the mantle of our fireplace in the living room where we can see them and pray for these intentions. We leave them on the mantle from August 15th to the end of the month. This very simple activity does not take much time, yet it is a great way to honor our Blessed Mother and ask her for her powerful intercession.
2. Another idea is to make star cookies and read a great Marian book! You can use your own cookie dough recipe or buy sugar cookie dough from the store. Using small star cookie cutters means more cookies to share with family and friends! You can decorate them with blue icing and eat them while reading a book like:
“Take It to the Queen: A Tale of Hope” by Josephine Nobisso. This is a beautifully illustrated fable that honors our Blessed Mother.
As mothers, we can look to Mary as a model of love and hope. She said “yes” to God. Many times I have knelt in front of the statue of Mary in our church, St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, and asked her to help me to say “yes” to God’s will. She is there to help us as we try to grow our little saints and live out the amazing vocation of motherhood.
May we all turn to her in times of need and emulate her example as our families strive to be salt and light in this world!
Blessed Mother, Queen of Heaven and Earth, pray for us.