May Procession and May Crowning
Our Lady of Grace School's annual May Procession and May Crowning will take place on Friday, May 11, 2018. We gather to honor Mary, the Patroness of our school and parish, as we crown the Queen of Angels during a devotional service presented by our eighth grade students. We always invite family and friends to share in this devotion, and we ask all students to bring flowers from their gardens that day to honor Our Lady of Grace.
We will repeat the Crowning of Mary ceremony at the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Mother's Day, May 13, 2018.
During the month of May -- a month named for and dedicated to Mary -- Catholics around the world traditionally honor Our Blessed Mother with special devotional services like our May Crowning. The tradition in the United States and many other countries has been for school children to participate in a "May Crowning" ceremony, with a procession of students -- girls wearing pretty spring dresses and boys in their "Sunday best".
Our devotional ceremony begins with a procession of the eighth grade students and also our school's First Communicants (dressed in their First Communion dresses and suits). Then all grade eight students present special readings and songs to honor Our Blessed Mother, as is the tradition at Our Lady of Grace School. The readings include The Magnificat (Canticle of Mary), The Memorare, The Angelus, and The Prayer to Mary, Queen of Peace. The students and congregation also sing several songs dedicated to Mary, including "Daily, Daily, Sing to Mary", "Mary's Song", "Bring Flowers of the Fairest", "Hail Holy Queen", and "Ave Maria".
One girl from the eighth grade class is selected by her classmates each year for the honor of placing a beautiful crown of flowers on the statue of Our Lady of Grace during the ceremony. We thank our current eighth grade class -- and all previous graduating classes -- for always presenting such beautiful May Crownings!