KENNEBUNK---A traditional Catholic ritual will be on full display around Maine this weekend. The May crowning is an act of popular devotion in honor of our Blessed Mother, which, as its name implies, is traditionally held at the beginning of May, because May is considered the month of Mary. The events usually include prayer and the crowning of a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary with a wreath of flowers. Some of the events include:
A May crowning will be held on Sunday, May 2, at 2 p.m. at Holy Family Church on 429 Main Street in Old Town.
The Sodality of St. Anne invites all to join them for a special crowning of our Blessed Mother on Sunday, May 2, during the 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Hyacinth Church on 268 Brown Street in Westbrook. If you would like, please bring flowers for our Blessed Mother with you to this very special Mass, and place them in the vases in front of her statue before the start of Mass. For more information, call (207) 854-1199.
A May crowning honoring Mary, our Mother, will be held on Sunday, May 2, at 1 p.m. in the courtyard of St. Bartholomew Church at 8 Two Lights Road in Cape Elizabeth. The lovely devotional ceremony has been a favorite for years. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, contact the parish at (207) 883-0334.
All are welcome to join together for a May Crowning of Mary on Saturday, May 1, at the Franciscan Monastery on 28 Beach Avenue in Kennebunk. Mass will be celebrated at 8 a.m., followed by a recitation of the Rosary and adoration. At 10 a.m., the crowning will take place at the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in the woods of the monastery. For more information, call (207) 967-4865.
Contact your local church to discover if it will be also holding a “May crowning” on Sunday. Throughout the year, there are close to 20 feast days honoring Mary, including: Our Lady of Fatima (May 13); the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church (May 24); and the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (May 31).