Monday, May 13, 2013

May Crowning

The Children's Rosary at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in West Hartford, CT USA had a May Crowning of Mary yesterday.  

The children gathered in the back of our chapel and processed down the aisle singing Immaculate Mary.  Some of the children had made Mother's Day card's for Mary as it was also Mother's Day in the United States and they placed then at her feet.  The smallest child of our group little Caleb finished the procession and crowned Mary with a wreath of roses. 

The children then knelt in front of Our Lady for the Rosary.  The children took turns at the microphone to lead the rosary.  Yesterday was particularly special as Connor lead a decade for the first time with Kostin.  When Connor first joined the Children's Rosary he usually sat with his mother and prayed from his seat.  With the help of his mom he would place a rose at the foot of Mary at the end of a decade of the Rosary.  Connors disabilities made it difficult for him to join the children kneeling on the ground.  Yet Our Lady would show us that nothing is impossible with prayer. Over months of coming to the Children's Rosary, Connor showed all of us he could do even more and during the last two months he has joined the children on his knees before the Statue of Our Lady.  Several times I saw him pointing to the microphone and when I asked him after the Rosary was over if he would like to lead in the future he said, "Yes".
Connor in purple bringing a rose to place before Our Lady

Yesterday would be that day when Connor would lead us all for the first time.  He came forward with Kostin and the two beautifully lead the group in the third Glorious Mystery of the Rosary which is the Descent of the Holy Spirit.  All were inspired to see the courage and faith of a child who faces so many extra challenges. 

The children concluded the Rosary by bringing roses to their mothers and participating in a short raffle of small devotional necklaces which my daughter coordinated.  The two winners were Mary Rose and Connor.  

On this Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, I continue to be inspired by the prayers of our children and to see their wonderful love of prayer and Our Lady.

Other posts you may be interested in:
How to Plan a May Crowning
How to Start a Children's Rosary
How to Pray the Rosary

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