May Crowning

May Crowning

May is Mary's month!  And during May, throughout the Catholic world, special devotions honor the Virgin Mary.  "May Crowning" is a traditional Catholic ritual that occurs in the month of May and it recognizes Mary as Queen of heaven and earth.  Since medieval times, we have had the combination between Mary and the month of May.  May is considered the season of the beginning of new life.  "May Crowning" marks a new spiritual season.  Our Mary, Queen of heaven and earth, 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.

Sunday after Walk to Mary - May 7, 2017 - at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help

Each year, on the Sunday following the Walk to Mary, pilgrims are especially invited to join in the "May Crowning" at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help.  The "Celebration" has been a part of the local faith culture since before the Apparitions of 1859. The Celebration includes Holy Mass at 11:00 a.m., often principally celebrated by a visiting Bishop, followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and a Eucharistic Rosary Procession walking along the property lines protected from the devastation of the Peshtigo Fire in 1871.  Additionally, the Celebration includes Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, Hymns, Litany, and Benediction.  It is believed the Celebration is rooted in the European tradition of Rogation Days, celebrated to ask Our Lord's blessings upon the plantings and remind us that we are the stewards of all God has created.  It is a great compliment to the Walk to Mary as a way to celebrate the first weekend in May in honor of our Blessed Mother.

This year, Father Rocky from Relevant Radio, is the principal celebrant.  Read more here.


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"As part of the New Evangelization, I invite all in our area who are able to join in this journey of faith. Participation in this pilgrimage is a wonderful way to engage the entire family, and especially our young people."

Bishop David L. Ricken
of the Diocese of Green Bay