From May Crownings to praying the rosary, every May we honor Mary, Mother of God. The tradition of setting a month aside for Mary dates back many centuries, but it has been since about the nineteenth century that we have honored Mary in the month of May. There are two main ways that we can honor Mary during this time- May Crowning or praying the Rosary.
May Crowning is typically a prayer service (it can also happen during mass), when a young woman crowns a statue of Mary with a crown of flowers. Young children, sometimes those who recently received their first communion, participate in the ceremony as well. These can be done on a large scale in a church, or a smaller May Crowning can occur in a classroom or home.
Praying the Rosary
Taking time to pray the rosary during the month of May is so simple, yet so special. You can pray the rosary as a class, or encourage students to pray the rosary with their families. I have my students keep a rosary in their desk and we pull it out whenever we have a little spare time in May. I don’t like my students to keep their nice rosaries at school, so I usually grab a pack from Amazon at the beginning of each year.
To make praying the rosary more meaningful is to dedicate each decade of the rosary to different people. Here are some ideas:
- Family (mom, dad, grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins)
- Priests & Deacons
- Religious Sisters
- Pope Francis
- Those who are sick and in the hospital
- For people who have recently passed away
- Those suffering from cancer
You can also encourage students to pray the rosary in different ways:
- With a classmate
- While out on a walk
- In a garden
- With a younger child
- With a parent or grandparent
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