|The children crowned Our Blessed Mother |
decorating her with ornate gowns and headdress
May 30th arrived and it was a spectacular sight to behold....more children than Sr. MaryAnn had ever seen in the Church were there. The Church was brimming over. The children had come in their best clothes. They were grouped by the region they had come from...eight regions total. As the first meeting was in May Sr. MaryAnn thought it would be wonderful if they held a May Crowing before their Children's Rosary. The children from each region had a turn of crowning Our Lady with the special materials they had brought. The children in anticipation had been gathering materials during the prior week. One group decorated Our Lady with a theme of Divine Mercy, another group decorated her with their local vibrant clothes, another group in a more tranditional attire. Sr. MaryAnn took a picture of each group's crowning as each group had to remove their decorations for the next group of children to tenderly crown their Heavenly Mother. Sr. MaryAnn with a heart so full of love told the children she hoped to make a calendar of their different crownings and bring it back to them next year. A project she is praying very hard to make a reality. After the crownings, the Pastor blessed the new Children's Rosary group. He also celebrated Mass in Honor of Our Blessed Mother and for all the members of the Children's Rosary. Not only did the Pastor Consecrate the group to Jesus through Mary he also Consecrated his parish to the Immaculate Heart of Mary that day.
The Children held their first Children's Rosary meeting praying the Rosary together. To celebrate the day Sr. MaryAnn had invited some local musicians that sing praise and worship music in the missions. The children danced and sang. One women had made a cake in honor of Our Blessed Mother. Sr. MaryAnn could not contain her joy. She said seeing the children brought her to tears. The care and love they brought touched her deeply.
At the end of the blessed day the children and families would be returning to their homes, some in distant outposts. Sr. MaryAnn met with the Pastor and identified eight regions or zones. Smaller Children's Rosary groups were created for each zone with a unique group leader. On holidays and special Feasts the 8 groups would travel to meet as one very large group but weekly they would each meet as a smaller Children's Rosary prayer group.
There is very little to say to such a story other than thank you Lord. Thank you for such beauty and tears of joys.
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