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
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?