Here is our Dormition Basket. It’s a new tradition we are starting this year, along with another—crepes! Like Easter, I placed the gifts of our feast table in a basket to be blessed after Liturgy today. It is tradition to bless aromatic herbs, seeds and flowers during this time. This is symbolic of healings and blessings received due to the Blessed Mother’s intercession.
Since the weather is hot, hot, hot, I put cold ice packs on the bottom and sides of the basket and then put a dish cloth and a blue altar cloth in the basket. The contents for blessing were basil, cilantro, vine tomatoes, avocado, shallot, goat cheese and roses.
After church we hurried home and made crepes. We adults enjoyed the contents of the basket stuffed in our crepes. The kids had a little syrup and whipped cream. Everyone gave the crepes two thumbs up and thus a Feast of the Dormition of Blessed Theotokos tradition was born.
How does/did your family enjoy this feast?
“O Mother of God, in giving birth you still preserved virginity; and in falling asleep you did not forsake the world. You are the Mother of Life and have been transferred to life, and through your prayers have delivered our souls from death.” Troparion of August 15th