Tradition honors Blessed Mother

Lisa A. Johnston
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The month of May is a time in which Catholics honor the mother of all mothers -- the Blessed Virgin Mary.

One such tradition is the May Crowning ceremony, often celebrated by schoolchildren with a procession, sung hymns and adorning an image of Mary with a crown, usually made of fresh flowers.

The tradition of crowning the image of Mary dates back many centuries. It became a common practice in Eastern Churches through adding some sort of ornamentation to an image of Mary.

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