May Crowning Marks a “New Spiritual Season”

Mary statue with flowers

One of the most beautiful traditions in Catholicism is that of May Crowning. In her book, May Crowning, Mass, and Merton: 50 Reasons I Love Being Catholic, Liz Kelly recalls her childhood experience of May Crownings:

I still remember the aroma of the flowers, the coolness of the spring air, the lightness of spirit that lingered. The promise of everything made new.

May Crowning marked a new spiritual season. Our Mary, queen of heaven and hearth, lifted us right out of the last long, cold days of winter and firmly planted our hearts in the warm and promising soil of spring. …My child’s heart was so full of love for my mother in heaven and understood already what my head could not yet know: Mary would bring me to Jesus.

Once again this year, I am happy to present resources for celebrating Mary during May Crowning. May is also a great time to download the free poster of Marian Devotions, which comes with classroom handouts.

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Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press. He has more than 30 years of experience in ministry and has taught at many different levels. He is the author of numerous books, including the bestseller The Catechist’s Toolbox and Under the Influence of Jesus.

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