The Coronation of Mary
Honor Mary with a Corona of Flowers and a Crown of Twelve Stars
“For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of Mary to honor Mary, Mother of God. Not just a day in May, mind you, but the entire month.”
“The Coronation of Mary is not recounted in scripture, nevertheless it is deeply rooted in scripture.”
“Read the following Bible passages to get a glimpse of these roots: Apocalypse 12:1, Canticle of Canticles 6:9, Psalm 44:14-16 and Judith 15:10.”
Praying the Rosary this Month
Hail Mary Prayer
“Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.”
Read The “Coronation” from the Fifth Glorious Mystery:
- “As Mary enters heaven, the entire court of heaven greets with joy this masterpiece of God’s creation.
- Mary is crowned by her divine Son as Queen of heaven and earth.
- More than we can ever know the Hearts of Jesus and Mary overflow with joy at this reunion.
- Only in heaven will we know the great majesty of that coronation, and the joy it gave to the angels and saints.
- Even the angels, who by nature are greater than humans, hail Mary as their Queen.
- Mary shares so fully in the glory of Christ because she shared so fully in His suffering.
- Only in heaven will we see how central is the role of Mary in the divine plan of redemption.
- The angels and saints longed for the coming of her whose heel crushes the head of the serpent.
- Mary pleads our cause as a most powerful Queen and a most merciful and loving Mother.
- A great sign appeared in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.”
“Spiritual Fruit: Grace of Final Perseverance”
Hail, Holy Queen
“Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy,
hail, our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To you we cry, the children of Eve;
to you we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this land of exile.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy toward us;
lead us home at last
and show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus:
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.”
Regina Caeli (Queen of Heaven, Latin)
“Call: Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
Response: The Son you merited to bear, alleluia,
Call: Has risen as he said, alleluia.
Response: Pray to God for us, alleluia.
Call: Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
Response: For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
Let us pray.
God of life, you have given joy to the world
by the resurrection of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Through the prayers of his mother, the Virgin Mary,
bring us to the happiness of eternal life.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.”
Honoring Mary Through Art
Watercolor Painting Materials
The watercolor painting of Mary, above, uses the following materials. With watercolors, you can paint many layers of watercolor paint, wipe off excess paint with a paper towel, splatter for texture and depth, and even add stickers. The original version of this painting was done in 2016, for my Sunday School class as my example. I recently found this painting and made changes to it, including changing Mary’s dress color from white to blue.
Mary is known as “The Lady in Blue.” Look at many images of Mary on Google. She is almost always dressed in a shade of blue. I used small flower stickers and tiny gold stars to make her flower wreath and the crown of stars. These tiny stars are impossible to lift off their sheet of paper without a sharp knife. An adult needs to do this part of the making of Mary’s corona of flowers and the twelve stars over her head as her crown. The crown and flowers can also be drawn in with a Sharpie or colored pencils. Idea: Invite your child to find the word “corona” within “coronation.” Coronation means “crowning” and corona means “crown-like.” Mary was crowned “Queen of Heaven” by Jesus, God the Son.
As an alternative, draw, paint and cut out paper flowers for Mary. Use a black Sharpie pen and draw a simple flower outline on watercolor paper. Fill in the drawn flower with watercolor. When dry, cut out the flower. Paint a full sheet of watercolor paper in an abstract design with any colors your child likes. Dry, then glue on the flowers with white liquid glue to hang in your home as a gift of “Flowers for Mary.”