Is there anything special that can be done for an Assumption liturgy?

On August 15, we celebrate the Assumption of Mary. For the celebration of the Mass, the most common things we can do is pray the propers from the Roman Missal and use the readings for the Assumption Mass. You can also select music that is that is both Marion (but be careful not too make every hymn you sing a Marion hymn-we must also keep in mind that we are celebrating the Paschal Mystery of Christ as well!) Having a wonderful homily can also help the assembly to understand the feast better. In addition, you can set the worship space up differently so that, when people come in, they can see that there is something special about this day. Adding flowers to the worship space or changing the colors of the Altar linens and other fabrics in the sanctuary are two ways you can change the liturgical environment. Finally we want to make sure that what or who we are celebrating does not trump the actual celebration of the Mass. Anything special that is added to the liturgy must flow organically from our prayers. Take care when adding any Marion devotions to the liturgy. The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy reminds us that, “…these devotions should be so drawn up that they harmonize with the liturgical seasons, accord with the sacred liturgy, are in some fashion derived from it, and lead the people to it, since, in fact, the liturgy by its very nature far surpasses any of them” (#13). Therefore, any devotional you might include should not be done in such a way that it surpasses the actual celebration of the liturgy.

Julianne Wallace

Julianne E. Wallace is the associate director of faith formation, worship, and ministry at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York. She earned an M.T.S in Word and Worship from the Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. in Music Performance from the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. Julianne is passionate about sharing the joy of liturgy with others and helping everyone to worship well.