Color Palette: Blues and Whites
Textures &Patterns: Florals
Jesus is the perfect Son and gives the best gifts. He first spared His Mother from the stain of
Original Sin, allowing her to be full of grace (Luke 1:28) to the point of overflowing. It makes sense
that He would preserve Mary’s body from corruption and invite her to participate early in the glory
promised to us. The Church teaches in the Catechism of the Catholic Church,
“‘Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.’ The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son's Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians” (paragraph 966).
We rejoice in the reality of the Resurrection specifically on this day and cling to Christ through His
Mother’s consolation and intercession. Wearing shades of blue and white are fitting for this day
since they traditionally reflect the heavens and purity. Blue is also significant for representing her
queenship as the Mother of God.
A lot of the art depicting Mary’s dormition and Assumption are surrounded with roses. Consider
wearing florals on this day as a reflection of offering our life to Christ as Mary. Reverend Dr.
Nichols Gihr explains the importance of florals on feast days in his work, The Holy Sacrifice of the
“Flowers also symbolize those supernatural prerogatives, graces and virtues with which
the soul should be adorned; for the saints bloom as the lily and they are in the presence of God as
the odor of balsam. Flowers, by reason of their freshness and beauty which they receive from the
sun and which they turn towards it, are emblems of that innocence and holiness we derive from
Christ, the Sun of Justice, and with which we again glorify Him as the Sun of our spiritual life.”
Mary, who reflected Christ perfectly in her purity and virtue, is naturally associated with florals for
this reason. She is beautiful because she loves, as described in the messages received by the
Medjugorje visionaries. Let us reflect the beauty and love of Mary in putting on florals that we may
seek to share in her virtues also.