5/11/2017 Parishes uphold beloved May Crowning tradition
'Oh Mary We Crown Thee..." -- A May Crowning ceremony was held May 7 on the grounds of St. Clement Parish, Matawan. Here a parishioner places a floral crown on the head of an outdoor statue of the Blessed Mother. Ken Falls photo
Devotion to Mary -- The youth from St. Hedwig Parish, Trenton, including those youngsters who received their First Holy Communion, were invited to take part in a May Crowning ceremony May 7 prior to the 9:30 a.m. Mass. Joe Moore photo
The month of May is traditionally when faithful from throughout the world pay tribute to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God by joining in various May devotions. One of the most longtime devotions held is a May Crowning in which a crown made of flowers is placed on the head of a statue of the Blessed Mother. During May Crownings, traditional Marian hymns such as "On This Day O Beautiful Mother" and "Bring Flowers of the Rarest" may be sung and prayers or the Rosary may be recited.