Thursday, January 27, 2022

Celebrating the Blessed Virgin Mary

Photos by Don Manley

The Blessed Virgin Mary’s role as the mother of Jesus and a symbol of faith and hope was celebrated reverentially at San Marco Catholic Church’s annual May Crowning ceremony.

Roman Catholics traditionally honor Mary during May, including a Mass highlighted by a devotional ceremony in which children who’ve recently made their First Communion place a crown of flowers on a statue of Mary as a way of giving thanks.

As always, the ceremony was presented by the parish’s Council of Catholic Women on Mother’s Day.

The children, led by the San Marco Knights of Columbus and the CCW, walked in a procession to the church at the Mass’ beginning. Each child carried at least one flower to be placed at the feet of Mary’s statue on the altar. The procession was accompanied by the ethereal playing of violinist Marylee Valvano Tirrell of Bonita Springs, who later graced the ceremony with a rendition of “Ave Maria” by Bach.

Following opening prayers, readings from both the Old and New Testaments and the Word of the Gospel, two children were called forward by San Marco’s Parochial Vicar Rev. Duong Nguyen and introduced by church’s May Crowning coordinator, Victoria Josberger. The youngsters then symbolically placed a crown of blossoms on the head of the statue of the Blessed Mother.

Pope Francis has said, “The message of hope contained God’s blessing was fully realized in a woman, Mary, who was destined to become the Mother of God and it was fulfilled in her before any other creature.”

The San Marco Catholic Church is located at 851 San Marco Road, Marco Island. To learn more, visit

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