Catholic Craft Corner with Paula McEneany

Flowers for Mary

On the feast of the Assumption, it is a traditional Polish custom to honor Our Lady with a special bouquet of herbs and flowers and to ask her intercession for blessings on their harvest. A friend recalls how the bouquet was taken to Assumption Day Mass and blessed by the priest. Afterwards, the bouquet was usually carried through their home and later dried.
 

  • Bouquet of flowers
  • Herbs
  • String
  • Rubber band


1.Arrange flowers and herbs together.
[2. Trim flower stems even at bottom.]
3. Tie flowers and herbs together to hold herbs in place.
4. Place rubber band around bottoms of flower stems.
5. Hang upside down in a dark, dry but airy place for at least 3 weeks until dry.
6. When dry, add to the traditional bouquet Spanish moss, ribbon, or other decorations if desired.

The Polish people kept their bouquet until replaced the following year.

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