Do Franciscans Have a Devotion to Mary, the Mother of God

by Sister Julie Ann on May 1, 2010

While a number of cultural traditions link the month of May to Mary, the Mother of God, Roman Catholic parishes often celebrate by adding an ornamentation to a statue of Mary. Postulants of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity traditionally plan a ‘May Crowning’ ceremony for the Motherhouse community.  Do Franciscans, especially women religious, have a special devotion to Mary?

Franciscan May Crowning Ceremony

Franciscan Sisters venerate Mary with simple May Crowning Ceremony

The answer to this question is ‘yes’. Franciscans follow St. Francis’ call to hold Holy Mary, Lady and Queen in highest veneration since she is the virgin made Church. Here are just a few quick sources, but a more indepth study would reveal more solid evidence.

Holy Virgin Mary,there is no one like you born in the world among women,Daughter and Handmaid of the most high,Sovereign King, the heavenly Father, Mother of our most holy Lord Jesus Christ, Spouse of the Holy Spirit. Pray for us with St. Michael the archangel and with all the powers of the heavens and with all the saints together with your  most holy beloved Son, Lord and Teacher.

In 1422 Franciscans began praying a rosary of seven decades in honor of the Blessed Mother’s seven joys weaving a ‘crown’ more pleasing than flowers.

  • Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity celebrate the final profession of our Sisters on a feast of Mary. 

At one time Sisters professed our vows for the whole time of our lives on August 15, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Today embracing our Franciscan heritage, we make final profession on August 2, the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula.

  • Our Constitutions of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, our own particular way of life accepted by the Church, refers often to the Blessed Virgin Mary as being an example and model. Handmaid and Spouse of the Holy Spirit are words specially chosen to reflect St. Francis way of  referring to Mary.

Care to provide sources of your own?

7 thoughts on “Do Franciscans Have a Devotion to Mary, the Mother of God”

  1. sisterannemarielom says:

    Special prayers and blessings to Kara and Marie as they experience another aspect of our community during their mission experiences. May Mary, our Mother, guide, protect and inspire both of you!

  2. The beauty of today was another grace to add to this lovely time of prayer with our Blessed Mother led by our postulants and Sister Pat! I so enjoyed seeing Kara and Marie out in the garden picking the flowers and arranging them for chapel and then leading all of us in this joyful prayer asking for Mary's intercession! I am sure that Mary will continue to guide you both closer to her Son!

  3. sisterannette says:

    Kara & Marie, how nice to see you participating and leading our Community in the Crowning of our Blessed Lady. Over the years May Crowning has always been a meaningful devotion in our family, community and in the classroom, and in the parishes. Our GROUP of Franciscan Sisters chose the title: “SERVANTS OF MARY.” May she continue to be your inspiration and guide with the Lord as you discern the wonderful surprises in store for YOU! Sr. Sharon Paul

  4. srsharon says:

    Kara & Marie, how nice to see you participating and leading our Community in the Crowning of our Blessed Lady. Over the years May Crowning has always been a meaningful devotion in our family, community and in the classroom, and in the parishes. Our GROUP of Franciscan Sisters chose the title: “SERVANTS OF MARY.” May she continue to be your inspiration and guide with the Lord as you discern the wonderful surprises in store for YOU! Sr. Sharon Paul

  5. Sister Mary Ann and I were awed by the love shown our Blessed Mother at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. The seminarians are formed to be close to her as they grow in their call to be priests in various dioceses i.e. Jackson Diocese.

  6. It was so cool to be a part of this tradition at the motherhouse. I loved leading the litany and Marie, the other postulant, did an excellent job crowning Mary. I was also pleased to see the chapel full of sisters who came to celebrate with us!

    I love it that we all pray the rosary daily. It is such a powerful way of praying.

  7. Postulant Marie says:

    It was a great honor to be able to crown Mary and be part of this ceremony. The flowers in front of Mary we picked out of Sr. Carita's garden. God provides for all occassions!

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