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St. Joseph sixth-grader Caleb Nabholz crowns Mary at the St. Joseph Grotto beside the middle school campus in Conway. The students participated in prayer and song and also made handmade flowers in art class for Mary. (Courtesy Teri Breeding) Second-grader Marty Fonseca was chosen to crown Mary at Our Lady of Assumption Church in Booneville. (Courtesy Our Lady of Assumption Church) The May crowning and rosary marked the end of school year for the religious education program at Our Lady of Fatima Church in Benton May 1. First-grader Lila Brown-Garcia and second-grader Santiago Brown-Garcia crowned Mary. (Courtesy Alma Fuentes) Holy Redeemer Church celebrated a May crowning May 1 with the help of pastor Father Edward D` Almeida and members of the Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas. Sydney Rudolph (back row) had the honor to crown Mary. Other members are Ianna Yaretzi Hernandez (left), Heather Madison Drummond, Janelle Drummond, Alexandra Kay Rudolph, Iovanna Yazel Hernandez and Holly Drummer. (Courtesy Holy Redeemer Church) Mary Mother of God Church in Harrison hosted its May crowning May 5. Receiving their First Communion that day were Jax Fry (from left), Valentina Padilla Flores, Alvaro Padilla Flores, Ella McFadden, Jaidon Lamb, Parker Atkinson and Lincoln Chapman. (Courtesy Holly Coffman) A May crowning was held at St. John School in Hot Springs May 3. Participating were second graders Lucas King (left) and Annabelle Mowery and eighth graders Andrew Mahfouz and Lizeth Mendez. (Courtesy Marianne Layne) Rodrigo Núñez and Daleyza García offering flowers to the Virgin Mary at Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Lincoln. (Courtesy Layla Villalobos) Eighth grade students from St. Vincent de Paul School in Rogers stand around a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary adorned with flowers May 10. Students in 8th grade and PK4 participated in a procession culminating in the crowning of Mary. 8th-grade student Sophia Nguyen and pK4 student Joscelyn Monterroso place flowers before the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. (Edgar Aranda) Third grader Nayla Chavez crowns the Blessed Virgin Mary May 5 at St. Peter Church in Wynne. (Courtesy Henry Boeckmann) Juniors Maddy Fendyan and Isaac Pohlmeier were chosen to crown Mary during Ozark Catholic Academy’s May crowning May 1 in Tontitown. Students processed to the school chapel to crown Our Lady. (Alesia Schaefer) On May 3, kindergartener Luna Chinos places flowers at the feet of Mary during a ceremony for students of Christ the King School in Fort Smith. (Courtesy Katie Kratzberg)

May Crowning photos from across the state

Students across the state participated in Virgin Mary's coronation in May

Published: May 20, 2024      
At the school mass at St. Theresa School in Little Rock May 3, images of Mary were displayed and the entire student body was invited to bring flowers to honor Mary. (Edgar Aranda)

Mary’s coronation in heaven is often reenacted during the month of Mary in May crownings. Typically children, often those who recently received their first holy Communion, carry roses and place them at the feet of a statue of Mary while placing a crown of roses on top of Mary’s head.

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