May Crowning - 1960
The May Crowning has always been a special occasion at Resurrection. Back in our school days, classes would assemble in the courtyard for the ceremony. For us kids, it was a nice opportunity to get out of class. The May Crowning also signified that the school year was close to completion and summer was near! Obviously, kids often miss the religious significance of the event. The crowning of the Blessed Mother is a very important day for Catholics everywhere, and it had nothing to do with getting out of school.
During the month of May, a month both named for and dedicated to Mary, Catholics have long honored her by placing a crown on her statue. The tradition is for school children to have a "May Crowning" ceremony, with a procession and a wreath of fresh flowers that one child gets to place on the statue. A favorite song for these gatherings is, "Bring Flowers of the Fairest", with its refrain "O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May ..."
* Photos provided by Resurrection Archives and Rachel Rigano Brandi *
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