As are all flowers, the month of May is dedicated to the Mary, whom we celebrate as Queen of Heaven on the last day of this month. Early in May, a statue of the Virgin at church is crowned with a wreath of roses, and the same are laid at her feet. Little girls and boys dress up in their best, often in blue; one child carries the crown on a cushion to the statue and another child is chosen to crown the statue. ~ Fisheaters
May 5, 2012 was the Fourth Annual Marian Procession – a 3-mile pilgrimage through the city in honor of Our Blessed Mother, an opportunity to give public witness to our Lord, our Faith, and Our Lady.
Eighteen Little Flowers led the procession. Each girl wore a blue hat in honor of Mary and held a handmade fabric basket filled with flower petals. They tossed the flower petals for Our Lady.
Dad walked with the boys and Rose had to leave early to meet the Choristers in preparation for Mass.
The three mile procession led us to the Cathedral. A Solemn High Mass was held. It was followed by the May Crowning. A Little Flower (who will be receiving First Communion on 5.12) was selected to crown Mary.
We had planned to attend Mass but my allergies were at an all-time high – I was miserable and could barely breathe and see. Dad and I took the littles home and met up with Rose after the Solemn High Mass.
AVE MARIA, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.