Thursday, April 29, 2010
from St. James Cathedral, Seattle, Washington Early in the month of May it is tradition to have a May Crowning to honor Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother, as the month of May is dedicated to her. This is often done as a procession with a ceremony of placing a crown of flowers onto a statue of Mary and flowers at the foot of the statue. Here are ideas of prayers to say, hyms to sing and other food ideas and activities to celebrate a May Crowning. Prayers Haily Mary Hail Holy Queen Memorare Angelus a decade of the rosary Hymns Bring Flowers of the Rarest (melody & lyrics) Hail Holy Queen Immaculate Mary On This Day Oh Beautiful Mother Ave Maria Food & Treats Make an edible replica of the floral crown for Mary with Rice Krispies using this recipe. Decorate it however you like with blue and white icing flowers, sprinkles, jellybeans in the shape of flowers. Inside the crown you can display your Mary Candle. 3 tablespoons butter or margarine 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows - OR - 4 cups miniature marshmallows 1 teaspoon blue food coloring 6 cups Rice Krispies cereal frosting, sprinkles, jelly beans etc. 1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows & stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Stir in food coloring. 2. Add Rice Krispies cereal. Stir until well coated. 3. Transfer cereal mixture to wax paper. Using buttered hands shape mixture into wreath approximately 8 inches in diameter. Decorate with frosting, sprinkles, candies, powdered sugar. Best if served the same day. Note: This picture above is only a half recipe because someone got a hold of the marshmallows and ate half the bag. Also, I had planned on using the blue and white jelly beans left over from Easter as the center of the flowers, but they got eaten too before I could use them. So I made a buttercream frosting with butter, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. I use a simple ziploc bag for piping the frosting out. I am not a very good frosting decorator but I think you can tell that the crown is decorated with flowers. Another idea is to make a bundt cake to resemble a crown and frosted with blue icing and decorated with white icing flowers.
For more May Crowning food ideas, visit Catholic Cuisine
Crafts & Activities
Make a flower crown or bouquet for a statue of Mary with real or silk flowers (various flower meanings for Mary's crown)
Dye white carnations blue by placing them in water with blue food coloring. Place these flowers at a statue or image of Mary in your home
Color this coloring page of Mary with children
Make Mother's Day cards for Mary to place with flowers at a statue or image of Mary in the home as a family on Mother's Day
Mary, Queen of Heaven, Pray for Us.