PORTLAND---A traditional Catholic ritual will be offered to students and the community by St. Brigid School in Portland and St. James School in Biddeford this week.
The “May crowning” is an act of popular devotion in honor of our Blessed Mother, which, as its name implies, is traditionally held in May because May is considered the month of Mary. Typically, “May crownings” include a procession with children, a hymn, a devotional prayer, and the crowning of a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a wreath of flowers. During the COVID-19 pandemic, adjustments have been made.
“St. Brigid School and Our Lady of Hope Parish are pleased to celebrate the crowning on noon this Wednesday, the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima (May 13),” said Fr. Paul Sullivan, pastor of Our Lady of Hope of which the school is a part. “It will be held in the Father Hayes Center of the school.”
Attendance will be limited, with participants in attendance wearing masks and observing social distancing protocols.
“We welcome people to leave flowers at the center or pay a visit to the lobby of the center between May 13 and May 20,” said Fr. Sullivan.
At St. James School in Biddeford, in addition to sharing in the school’s weekly, virtual Mass on Wednesday, each student will participate together in an online “May crowning” with their classmates on Thursday and Friday. Fr. Brad Morin, parochial vicar of Good Shepherd Parish in Saco, assembled a presentation for the students and all who wish to view it at www.goodshepherdparish.us/may-crowning-2020.
Throughout the year, there are close to 20 feast days honoring Mary, including: Our Lady of Fatima (May 13) and the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (May 31).