Villa Maria Academy’s annual May Procession and May Crowning took place on Friday, May 1, 2015. We gathered to honor Mary, the Patroness of our school, as we crowned the Queen of Angels during a devotional service presented by our students. Family and friends were invited to share in this devotion.
During the month of May — a month named for and dedicated to Mary — Catholics around the world traditionally honor Our Blessed Mother with special devotional services like a May Crowning. The tradition in the United States and many other countries has been for school children to participate in a “May Crowning” ceremony, with a procession of students –First Communicants wear their dresses, while the students who have made their confirmation wear their robes, and finally our 8th graders getting ready to graduate wear their blue robes. During the service, a crown of flowers is placed on a statue of Mary.
Our devotional ceremony begins with a procession of the eighth grade students and also our school’s First Communicants (dressed in their First Communion dresses). Then all students present special readings and songs to honor Our Blessed Mother, as is the tradition at Villa Maria Academy. The Kindergarten students begin the service praying “Lovely Lady.” The president of the Student Leadership Team holds the honor of placing a crown of flowers on the statue of the Blessed Mother during the ceremony.
We thank our students, teachers, and everyone involved, and our Music Directors Sister Margaret and Miss Connors for a beautiful prayer service as always!