This Sunday our parish will hold the May Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary and our family will crown our garden statue on the same afternoon.
If you’ve never hosted your own May Crowning, it’s quite easy to construct a floral crown for any size statue you may have. All you need is a bit of floral wire adjusted to appropriate size for your statue and a few silk flowers (should you wish to retain this particular crown for future use). You can even stitch up a small pillow (much like that used by a wedding ring-bearer) for the procession. If the weather doesn’t permit an outdoor crowning, simply utilize an indoor statue–perhaps the one you keep on the family altar or some other place of prominence.
Throughout the month of May the children can take turns “freshening up the altar,” by replacing the drooping and dying flowers with fresh ones. Wildflowers are in abundance at present and the offering made to our Lady can be as simple or elaborate as you choose…gifts offered in love are the best!
Speaking of “crowns,” here’s a crown of another sort:
The Little Crown of The Blessed Virgin Mary Chaplet Prayer
by St. Louis Mary De Montfort
St. John, the beloved disciple of Jesus and Mary, was privileged to behold a wonderful sign in heaven: “A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon was under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Apoc.12) :
Scripture commentators tell us this vision portrays the Blessed Virgin with her virtues and privileges, especially her divine motherhood. This gave rise to the Triple Crown of Twelve Stars of the Blessed Virgin which heaven has blessed with countless favors. St. John Berchmans and many other devoted children of Mary made the Little Crown their daily favorite. :
St. Louis Mary de Montfort, universally known for his True Devotion to Mary, embellished the Little Crown by adding to each Hail Mary a distinctive invocation in praise of the Blessed Virgin’s excellence, power and goodness, ending with the joyful strain, “Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! Rejoice a thousand times!” :
St. Louis, gave the Little Crown as a morning prayer to both his religious families, the Monthfort Fathers and the Daughters of Wisdom. He heartily recommends it to all who embrace the holy and loving slavery to Jesus through Mary. Thus the world over, from the lips of Mary’s favorite children the Little Crown rises like fragrant incense to our Blessed Mother’s throne in heaven and returns to earth in showers of divine benediction.
Since the Blessed Virgin is the spouse of the Holy Spirit, St. Louis prefaces the Little Crown with a liturgical invocation to the Holy Spirit.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the heats of Thy faithful and kindle within them the fire of Thy love!
V. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created.
R And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray.
O God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit dost instruct the heats of the faithful, grant us by this same Spirit to relish what is right and ever to rejoice in His consolation, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
I Crown of Excellence
To honor the divine maternity of the Blessed Virgin, her ineffable virginity, her purity without stain and her innumerable virtues.
V. Grant that I may praise thee, Holy Virgin!
R. Give me strength against thy enemies!
1 (Our Father….) (Hail Mary….)
Blessed art thou, O Virgin Mary, who didst hear the Lord, the Creator of the world; thou didst give birth to Him Who made thee and remainest a Virgin forever.
Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! Rejoice a thousand times!
2 (Hail Mary….)
O holy and immaculate Virgin, I know not with what praise to extol thee, since thou didst bear in thy womb the very one Whom the heavens cannot contain. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! Rejoice a thousand times!
3 (Hail Mary….)
Thou art all fair, O Virgin Mary, and there is no stain in thee. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! Rejoice a thousand times!
4 (Hail Mary….)
Thy virtues, O Virgin, surpass the stars of heaven in number. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! Rejoice a thousand times!
(Glory be to the Father…..)
II Crown of Power
To honor the royalty of the Blessed Virgin, her magnificence, her universal mediation and the strength of her rule.
5 (Our Father….) (Hail Mary….)
Glory be to thee, O Empress of the world! Bring us with thee to the joy of Heaven. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! Rejoice a thousand times!
6 (Hail Mary….)
Glory be to thee, O treasure house of the Lord’s graces! Grant us a share in thy riches. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! Rejoice a thousand times!
7 (Hail Mary….)
Glory be to thee, O Mediatrix between God and man! Through thee may the Almighty be favorable to us. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! Rejoice a thousand times!
8 (Hail Mary….)
Glory be to thee who destroyest heresies and crushest demons! Be thou our loving guide. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! Rejoice a thousand times! (Glory be to the Father)
III. Crown of Goodness
To honor the mercy of the Blessed Virgin toward sinners, the poor, the just and the dying.
9 (Our Father….) (Hail Mary….)
Glory be to thee, O refuge of sinners! Intercede for us with God! Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! Rejoice a thousand times!
10 (Hail Mary….)
Glory be to thee, O Mother of Orphans! Render the Almighty favorable to us. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! Rejoice a thousand times!
11 (Hail Mary….)
Glory be to thee O, joy of the just! Lead us with thee to the joys of Heaven. Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! Rejoice a thousand times!
12 (Hail Mary….)
Glory be to thee who art ever ready to assist us in life and in death! Lead us with thee to the kingdom of Heaven! Rejoice, O Virgin Mary! Rejoice a thousand times! (Glory be to the Father….)
Let us pray
Hail Mary, Daughter of God the Father; Hail Mary, Mother of God the Son; Hail Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit; Hail Mary, Temple of the Most Holy Trinity; Hail Mary, my mistress, my treasure, my joy, Queen of my heart; my Mother, my life, my sweetness, my dearest hope, yea, my heart and my soul! I am all thine, and all that I have is thine, O Virgin blessed above all things! Let thy soul be in me to magnify the Lord; let thy spirit be in me to rejoice in God. Set thyself, O faithful Virgin, as a seal upon my heart, that in thee and through thee I may be found faithful to God. Receive me, O gracious Virgin, among those whom thou lovest and teachest, whom thou leadest, nourishest and protectest as thy children. Grant that for love of thee I may despise all earthly consolations and ever cling to those of Heaven; until through the Holy Ghost, thy faithful Spouse, and through thee, His faithful Spouse, Jesus Christ thy Son be formed in me for the glory of the Father. Amen.
Information taken from:
My Treasury of Chaplets by Patricia S. Quintiliani