Sunday, May 2, 2010

May Crowning

May Crowning Our Lady of Fatima Peg Doll by StAnnesPixies



Yesterday was the first of May, a month in Catholic tradition we dedicate to the Blessed Mother. The children in my house look forward to May Crowning all year-- especially my little girl, Gianna, who as eldest girl gets to place the crown of flowers on Our Lady's head. It was a gorgeous spring day, and we always say that Mary must make the tulips that bloom around her statue grow taller and more lovely year after year!

A May Crowning can be done at any time during the month of May. Don't think that if you missed the first of the month, you've missed your chance! It needn't be long or complicated. The Saints tell us that Jesus appreciates even simple acts of love offered for His Holy Mother! A simple "Hail Mary" and a homemade crown, offered with love is very beautiful. If you don't have a statue of Our Mother, placing a wreath or vase of flowers next to a picture is a wonderful substitute. Tradition teaches that Jesus Himself crowned Mary the Queen of Heaven after her Assumption. If we as believers seek to follow Christ in all things, then surely love for His Mother would be part of the deal! For more information and an awesome May Crowning hymn, please visit the following link:

http://www.fisheaters.com/customseastertide5.html


Another ancient and lovely devotion to Our Lady is the growing of a Mary Garden. May is the perfect time to start this tradition. Not only is it Mary's month, but spring is in full swing! Mary Gardens got their start in the Middle Ages, and for a long time seemed to be forgotten by all but a few faithful gardeners. We can be happy that this beautiful devotion is making a comeback in a big way! For information about which plants are traditionally chosen, and tips on how to get started, please see the following links:

http://www.fisheaters.com/marygardens.html
http://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/activities/view.cfm?id=223
http://www.americancatholic.org/messenger/may2000/feature2.asp

Once you are ready to plant your Mary Garden, here is a traditional Blessing of the Fields and Gardens for your family to pray:

O God, from the very beginning of time
you commanded the earth to bring forth vegetation
and fruit of every kind.
You provide the sower with seed and give bread to eat.
Grant, we pray, that this land,
enriched by your bounty and cultivated by human hands,
may be fertile with abundant growth.
Then your people, enriched by the gifts of your goodness,
will praise you unceasingly now and for ages unending.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen

4 comments:

  1. This post is lovely! Thanks for inspiring us!!

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  2. Ann,
    Beautiful! Our Mary statue in our backyard broke last year. (I have a seeking suspicion it may be in the works to get a new one for Mother's Day...shhh ;D)

    A family in our parish owns a dairy farm and they have a Rogation Day celebration every year. The priest and the altar boys lead us in a procession in the fields carrying the Blessed Sacrament in the monstrance. The farmer has to work during the celebration, but it's so moving to see him fall to his knees in the field as our Savior passes by. Then we have an outdoor Mass and potluck.

    Anyway, thanks for the lovely post. The little May crowning is so cute, Jen! I also love your Mary wreaths, Ann!

    In Christ,
    Lucy
    www.mysticalrosedesign.etsy.com
    www.mysticalrosedesign.blogspot.som

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  3. I do love May Crownings. We just had one this morning at our parish church...the girls all wore flowered wreaths and the boys were in suits. We said the rosary led by our pastor and a recent first communicant crowned Mary. Everything was beautiful.

    God bless,
    Adele

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  4. Just beautiful and inspiring- thank you for your posting- God Bless

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