How Postulants Crown an Image of Mary

by Sister Julie Ann on April 30, 2011

Yesterday’s royal wedding peaked interest in royalty and an earthly kingdom. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Postulants studied the official liturgical Order of Crowning an Image of the Blessed Virgin Mary [published in 1987 by the United States Catholic Conference] and planned a Motherhouse Community coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary for our Queen of heaven and earth. The perfect day was April 30, 2011: vigil of the month of May traditionally dedicated to the Mother of God.

Did you know the Order of Crowning gives three rites:

  • Crowning of an Image of the Blessed Virgin Mary within Mass
  • Crowning of an Image of the Blessed Virgin Mary within Evening Prayer
  • Crowning of an Image of the Blessed Virgin Mary within a Celebration of the Word of God

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Postulants planned a Scripture Service including a coronation of an image of Mary April 30, 2011.

Postulants chose the option of  crowning a statue of Mary within a Celebration of the Word of God.  Lindsey, the youngest postulant, assisted by Sister Claude De Mario, adorned a statue of Mary in the sanctuary of St. Mary Chapel with great love. Rose and Leslie had leadership roles in the  meaningful Scripture Service which included a Marian litany. In addition, Sister Elaine Turba, directress of Postulants, and Sister June Smith were significant prayer leaders.

Here is the opening prayer taken from the suggested rite:

Let us pray. O God, since you have given us Mary, the Mother of your Son, to be our mother and our queen, grant that we, who have come here to crown her image, may attain the glory of your children in the kingdom of heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

What are your memories of May crownings?

7 thoughts on “How Postulants Crown an Image of Mary”

  1. Sister Ann Joachim says:

    The May Crowning was inspirational, renewing our devotion to Mary, our Mother. I wish to compliment each of the postulants in doing her part so well before the congregation of Sisters.

  2. Mary, handmaid of the Lord, pray for us and all called to follow Jesus in Religious life!

  3. Srosangela says:

    I was happy I could come to the Crowning Ceremony. I have always thought this to be a meaningful ceremony showing our love for Mary. The Postulants did an excellent job as did Sister Elaine.

  4. Sister Sharon says:

    May Crownings have always been yearly inspirational happenings from the days in Zanesville, Ohio where the Main Street of town was blocked off and young & old marched from the top of Main Street, St. Nicholas School to 5th. Street at St. Thomas Church or vise versa saying the Rosary and then ending with the Crowning of Mary and Benediction. After coming to the Convent, year after year on mission this devotion carried through either at the school or parish. May Mary be praised forever in the hearts of all!

  5. Sister Anne Marie Lom says:

    My memory is of a Living Rosary in Sacred Heart Court one of the years I attended high school there. It was my first “living rosary” experience and made a deep impression on me regarding unity and devotion.

  6. Sister Kay says:

    My earliest memories of May Crowning was as a second grader. At Holy Innocents School (now St. Francis of Assisi on Waldo) we had an outdoor May Crowning at the Grotto with the whole school participating. The second graders wore their First Communion dress. As an eighth grader at the former St. Paul School in Manitowoc, the 8th graders played a special role in May Crowning. A vote took place for the honor of crowning and being the honor guard. My cousin was chosen to crown Mary and wore a bridal gown. I was in the honor guard and another classmate and I had dresses that were alike. It was a special honor for the 8th grade girls.

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