Every year on August 15th, Catholics (along with Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and parts of the Anglican Church) around the world celebrate the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven.
The Church teaches, as dogma, that “having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory” and has been celebrated since the 1950s, although apocryphal accounts of the assumption of Mary into heaven have circulated since at least the 4th century.
The question always seems to circulate about where the biblical basis for the Assumption is located, and we Catholics refer to Chapter 12 in the book of Revelation as support.
On November 1, 1950, in the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus Pope Pius XII declared the Assumption of Mary as a dogma:
By the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, of the Blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, and by our own authority, we pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.
Pope Pius XII deliberately left open the question of whether Mary died before her Assumption.
Why not the Protestants?
The most common reason that most modern Protestants neither teach nor believe in the Assumption of Mary, is that they see no biblical basis for it. In some Lutheran churches, however, August 15 remains a Lesser Feast in celebration of “Mary, Mother of Our Lord”, according to the Calendar of Saints.
Let’s make Meringues!
I like to celebrate Feast days by making something. Since the Assumption gives me the mental picture of Mama Mary rising up into the heavens, through the clouds, I thought that making Meringue Shells would be a great visual (and crunchy treat!)
4 large egg whites
1/4t cream of tartar
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
2/3 cup powdered sugar
2T Vanilla extract
1. Preheat your oven to 225
2. Cover two baking sheets with parchment paper
3. Place egg whites and cream of tarter in a chilled mixing bowl. Beat with mixer at medium speed until SOFT peaks form.
4. Increase speed and gradually add the granulated sugar. Next add the powedered sugar, 1 T at a time, until stiff peaks form.
5. Add vanilla extract and beat until blended.
6. Using a spoon, shape little clouds onto your backing sheets. Bake at 225 for 1.5 hours or until dry. Remove from paper carefully and store in an airtight container.
Hope you enjoy these cookies as much as we do! After all, even if you are not Catholic, you can…