Mary, you are the joy of those in heaven, the help of those on earth, the consolation of those still burdened by their sins. Accept our May blossoms, accept each flower as a symbol of praise and thanksgiving! Thank you for your cooperation in the plan that changed the destiny of the world. Teach us, Mary, teach us, that we, too, may make the place where we are a little paradise for God.
~ based on the lament of St. Bernard of Clairvaux
My family participated in our Parish/Diocese May Procession through the streets of Downtown Sac. I coordinated the participation of my Little Flowers group. Dragonfly and Papi tagged along. Rose could not walk because she was required to be at the church for choir practice prior to the Solemn High Mass. I doubt she would have been able to walk, anyways. She is still recovering from a dislocated knee cap.
Papi was the honorary Little Flower. He would sneak flowers from the baskets and toss them from the stroller. Dragonfly had the best seat in the house, my back. He fell asleep within the first mile. Dad was part of the security patrol. He escorted the front of the procession.
The three mile procession led us to the Cathedral. A Solemn High Mass was held. It was followed by the May Crowning. A Little Flower (who will be receiving First Communion next week) was selected to crown Mary.
We add a blessed day.
ALL FOR JESUS THROUGH MARY!
Mary, you are a queen! The most Blessed Trinity has confidently placed the welfare of the Church into your powerful and gentle motherly hands, just as that same Church is entrusted to each of us at our confirmation. You will lead the pilgrim people of God home to his infinite loving heart. Giving you the crown is a symbolic way to entrust to you once more the full responsibility for this task.
~based on the lament of St. Bernard of Clairvaux