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May Crowning and Tribute to Mary The Mother Of God

Updated on January 14, 2015
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May Crowning and Tribute to Mary, The Mother Of God

Mary has many titles, but the most important one in my understanding is Mother of God. She would not be the most famous and well-known Mary, if not for this fact.

A May Crowning is a way of honoring her, as told about below. For you that stumbled upon my page, and are not sure how Mary is the mother of God, I will answer that in the simplest way I can. Also, give answers to other things regarding Mary you may be unclear about.

In the United States, we celebrate a day in honor of our Mothers--- Mothers Day. It seems fitting that Mary, who bore Jesus Christ, our Savior, is recognized with high esteem and appreciation during the month of May.

She is honored in the Catholic tradition as being the Mother of God. She has many other titles, a couple of most common endearing names given her are Blessed Mother, and Our Lady.

Many parishes have a beautiful custom of a May Crowning, during the month of, when-else, --- May. This takes place in front of a statue of Mary either inside a church, or outside at a shrine of Our Lady. Many times it is children, carrying a flower or handful of flowers, who walk in a procession followed by altar servers and a Priest to the statue portraying Mary. The flowers are arranged into bouquet vases before the statue, while those present sing a hymn to Mary.

A young person, chosen ahead of time, crowns the statue with a wreath of flowers followed by the Priest saying a prayer and blessing. On statues of Mary holding the young baby Jesus, his head is also crowned. Some parishes include all the people who want to be in the May Crowning to join in. A May Crowning can be done by a family using their own statue with family/friends. It is a beautiful loving devotion to our Mother Mary.

A side note: Children give us some funny, if not embarrassing, memories of happenings during May Crownings. When our son was quite young he carried a flower brought from our garden, walked in the procession at church, but at the statue, he would not give up his pretty flower to the girl putting it in the vase. He wanted to keep it for himself. Ha Ha! She tried twice to take it.


How Is The Virgin Mary The Mother Of God?

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How Mary became the Mother of God is straightforward for believers in Christ, although not easy to explain. I will do my best to keep it simple to understand.

Mary was chosen by God the Father to become the mother of Jesus. The angel Gabriel proclaimed…"He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High…Lk 1: 32". (Most High is a title for God.) When Mary asked how this could happen since she had no relations with a man, the angel answered…The holy spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God…Lk 1: 35.

The Virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus who was the Son of God. He was born incarnate (the Divine Word taking the form of a human by the Holy Spirit). God is all divine, so His son Jesus has a divine nature and is God---God the son. Jesus' mother Mary was human so Jesus had a human nature in all but sin. Therefore, Jesus has two natures, God and man, yet is only one person. Mary became the Mother of God, the Son.

Reflect on the whole announcement of Jesus Christ's birth in the Holy Bible. Look up Scripture passage: Lk 1:26-38. (Lk is an abbreviation for the Book of Luke.)

There was a prophesy of Christ's birth about 700 years earlier in the Old Testament, in the Book of Isaiah.

Read: Is 7:14. The Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall call him Immanuel. (Immanuel means With us is God.) Also, read the beautiful passage close by containing more prophesy about Jesus: Is 9: 1-6.

Small Statue of Mary

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Design Toscano Blessed Virgin Mary Statue

A beautiful indoor table top statue. You won't be disappointed with the quality.

 

A Misconception:

Worshipping Mary?

A misconception some people have is that Mary, the mother of God, is worshiped as a God. That is far from the truth.

I do not know of any religion that worships Mary as God. Mary is our intercessor, meaning she is the go-between, being the one who pleads our needs to God. As she is so special and close to her son, Jesus Christ, he listens to her wants.

Remember reading how at the wedding feast of Cana she asked Jesus to do his first public miracle. Jn 2: 1-11. Mary felt the embarrassment of the wedding couple or family having run out of wine for their guests. He changed water into wine as his mother asked, even though he said his time had not yet come.

We have trust in Mary to pray for us. She is not full of pride. She always points us to her Son just as she told the waiters at the wedding at Cana, Do as He tells you. She is telling us to follow Him, too!

Mary wants us to do what God wants, and to have a closer relationship to God the Son, Jesus.

Here Is A Beautiful and Famous Marian Hymn, Ave Maria.

What About Praying In Front Of a Statue Or Image?

Why It Is Not Idolatry or Sacrilegious

Another misinterpretation is some people's impression of Catholics praying in front of a statue or image of Mary as worshipping a Deity. It is not the same as if they are recalling some unfaithful people in the time of Moses' absence, while he was bringing the tablets down from the Holy mountain. They angered Moses (and God) for worshipping the Golden Calf.

Catholics know Mary is not God or a Goddess, nor is she the manufactured statue itself. We think of Marian statues and artists images as just that, a rendition of Mary. Some are masterpieces of art and these artistic symbols can be dear to us, but they are not her. When praying in front of a statue or image we aren't praying to the statue as being God. It is a reminder of Mary, and a focus to center our prayer. Seeing this image of her helps us remember her example of holiness, and brings our thoughts and prayers heavenward.

We like to remember her the same as a loved one’s image we show in our home or on our office desk. Have you seen a movie where an actor talks to a deceased love one’s photo, or at their grave? It is that way, also. We believe the Blessed Mother hears our petitions and concerns.

A traditional Hymn Used At May Crownings - Bring Flowers Of The Rarest

Bring Back Memories?

Bring Flowers of the Rarest

Small Indoor Statue of Blessed Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus

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Mary Mothers Kiss Figurine Statue Baby Jesus Catholic Christian Religious Gift

Small, short statue rich in color and detail. Sentiments of Mary's motherly love for baby Jesus.

 

Some Thoughts About Mary

I can imagine Mary holding and caring for Baby Jesus. Making his clothing and blankets. Always sticking behind him, supporting Him in His mission devotedly. Being His most faithful follower. All the way to the end.

I suspect a loom produced the garment that was worn by Christ the day of His crucifixion. I wonder if His mother Mary's hands were at the loom of the seamless tunic made so skillfully. The Bible does not say. The soldiers cast lots for it, rather than tear it. Jn19: 23-25. (Prophecy- A psalm of David, Ps 22:19).

Mary was at the foot of the Cross. Jesus asked his apostle John to care for his mother. First, . . . he said to his mother, Woman, Behold your Son and to the disciple, behold your mother. Read Jn19: 27-28 for complete text.

Jesus' words from the cross have the obvious meaning of Jesus asking John to care for his mother and Mary to be close to His disciple, John. But, also a deeper meaning symbolizing that besides John, His disciples and all of us are children of the Blessed Mother Mary. She is the mother of His Church and our heavenly Mother.

Behold your Mother!

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      pattyknap 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      a beautiful tribute to Our Blessed Mother.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      Yes, it makes sense that we show Mary honor as the Mother of God. We try to imitate Jesus in all things, including how He would treat his mother.

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      Marianne Gardner 3 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      @Heidi Vincent: Thank you, Freshstart7. I am glad you liked my answers to a couple misconceptions. I love the song Ave Maria, and agree that Celine Deon has a beautiful voice.

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      Heidi Vincent 3 years ago from GRENADA

      Thanks for this wonderful addition to the Catholic niche, 1angelsbestkeptsecrets! I liked your coverage of 2 popular misconceptions - worshipping Mary and praying to a statue. Lovely selection of hymns too! Although I have heard the 'Ave Maria' sung many times and by different singers, I have never heard this Celine Deon version. It is really beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed week.

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      Marianne Gardner 3 years ago from Pacific NW, USA

      @mittykitty123: Thank you so much for your visit. I am glad you found my tribute to Mary lens helpful.

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      mittykitty123 3 years ago

      As a Catholic, I have had some of the above questions asked of me (i.e. why do Catholics worship Mary?), and stumbled on my answers. This is clearly articulated and well-written. I can refer any future questions to this lens. :o)