Tuesday, May 14, 2013

May Crowning Ideas

from the archives for friends who asked

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. 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

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.

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