May Crowning

Images of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Infant Jesus have been revered by Christians from ancient times.  The reverence for the image is directed to the persons represented.  Crowing a statue of the Lord's Mother is symbolic of the honor we give her as the one chosen by God to bear His Son, our Salvation.

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 image.  The tradition in the United States and many other countries has been for school children to have a "May Crowning" ceremony, with a procession, pretty dresses and a wreath of fresh flowers that one child gets to place on the statue.  A song for these festivals, "Bring Flowers of the Fairest", with its refrain "O Mary, we crown these with blossoms today, Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May..." has been a familiar favorite for generations.