A few weeks ago a regular attendee at the 11am Mass at St. Frances Cabrini Shrine in New York City floated the possibility of doing a May crowning this year. The idea was met with enthusiasm. Our regular Sunday priest, Fr. Mike Eguino, suggested we use the statue of Our Lady of Grace, but… well, it’s a long way up to her! We couldn’t hoist a youngster up, and no one volunteered to climb a long ladder themselves. Instead, we borrowed a 32” statue from the Shrine gift shop. One of our gift shop workers who is good with crafts made a beautiful little crown of silk roses.
Our congregation at 11 am is mainly single people and couples, but we managed to corral 8 kids into participating. The children were very, very excited. That made the procession beautiful and chaotic, in that it-will-be-what-it-will-be way that’s part of working with kids.
After the crowning Fr. Mike asked — impromptu — anyone whose native language wasn’t English to come forward and say the first part of the Hail Mary in their language, and the congregation responded in English. It was great. We had Tagalog, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Russian, Twi, Amharic , German, and one other. Not a bad haul for an average Sunday morning!