August 15: The Assumption Watermelon, Blessed Rosemary, and Feta Salad

One great quote to meditate upon when it comes to the uncertainties of the Assumption:

“Let them search the scriptures. They will not find Mary’s death; they will not find whether she died or did not die; they will not find whether she was buried or was not buried. More than that: John journeyed to Asia, yet nowhere do we read that he took the holy Virgin with him. Rather, Scripture is absolutely silent [on Mary’s earthly end] because of the extraordinary nature of the prodigy, in order not to shock the minds of men. . . . Neither do I maintain stoutly that she died. . . .

“Did she die? We do not know. At all events, if she was buried, she had no carnal intercourse. . . . Or she remained alive, since nothing is impossible with God and he can do whatever he desires” – Epiphanius

1 Tip for this recipe:

1. I would actually recommend sprinkling feta on top of the salad. We tried mixing my husband’s, and the feta was slightly soggy before we had time to bless the meal.

4 cups of chopped watermelon, chilled
2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
1 teaspoon finely chopped rosemary, blessed (!) 
Salt and pepper, to taste
Olive oil, to taste


1. Right before dinner goes on the table, toss all ingredients together, adding salt and pepper to taste. If you have to do this early, chill until ready to serve.

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