Blessing of Flowers
Feast of the Dormition - August 15
In the Byzantine Rite, there is an ancient custom of bringing herbs and flowers to be blessed after the Divine Liturgy on the Feast of the Dormition (Assumption in the Roman Catholic Rite). According to traditional belief, after Mary’s assumption, her tomb was filled with a “heavenly fragrance” and flowers. The herbs, used as natural medicine, are blessed in commemoration of the numerous healing and extraordinary graces bestowed on the pilgrims at Mary’s tomb.