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Sunday, May 04, 2008

Queen of the May

My younger daughter, Lydia received her First Communion this afternoon. Her second grade class (they go to Catholic school) has been preparing for it for months. I love that her school maintains some traditions for this celebrations. For instance, several weeks before the big day, the class goes to one of those "paint your own pottery" places and everyone paints their own chalice, which the priest then blesses. After the First Communion mass, which is on Sunday, the school has a special May Crowning ceremony. All of the second graders are to come in their First Communion duds, and the 8th graders who are being confirmed are to come in their special clothes as well. All year long, the 2 grades have been getting together- they are assigned a "prayer buddy" - an older child with a younger. They attend mass together- and it's really cool, because the older kids kind of keep the younger ones in line. So anyway, on the day of May Crowning, the kids come all dolled up. Each family is asked to bring flowers to place around Mary- they haul out this huge statue- they say a few decades of the Rosary, they sing "Salve Regina" and the crowning point (get it?-couldn't resist) is when the 2nd and 8th graders walk up with their prayer buddy and the boys bring a votive candle and the girls all bring flowers to place at the base of the statue. 2 girls are chosen to crown Mary. It's all very sweet and old-fashioned. I love it because the 8 graders are so lovely- some of the girls are so pretty and they have no idea how beautiful they are. Most of the moms cry.

Here is a picture of Lydia in front of a rhododendron in the courtyard at her school:



And another:




It was sure something to see all of the little girls running around in their white dresses and veils before the mass. The boys were all in blue blazers and khakis- horsing around. I could imagine them all in about 15 years at a wedding- acting the same way, pretty much, only probably enhanced by too much keg beer.

9 Comments:

Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

How wonderful! Congratulations! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures, too - I love being able to share vicariously in my friends' traditions!

Oh, hey - what's your tree look like these days?

Love!

Chili

5/05/2008 5:18 AM  
Blogger girlfiend said...

Aww, she's beautiful. Congratulations.

5/05/2008 8:04 AM  
Blogger Pendullum said...

She is so beautiful...
Now come on Mrs.T...
Post the pic of you crying...
As I am...and she is not mine...
An angel....

5/05/2008 12:57 PM  
Blogger NYC Educator said...

She's just beautiful.

Congratulations.

5/05/2008 7:53 PM  
Blogger MsAbcMom said...

Adorable!

5/05/2008 11:18 PM  
Blogger ms-teacher said...

She is so beautiful and I know that you are one proud momma! Congrats to her :)

5/05/2008 11:58 PM  
Blogger Pissed Off said...

beautiful girl--mazel tov!

5/06/2008 3:37 PM  
Blogger Sojourner said...

You daughter is adorable. I remember my own first Communion which was some 43 years ago- and just after they started having Mass in English. But we did the whole May Queen crowning and the whole 9 yards. The one photo I have of that day was of me and the monsignor. They had us up on a high stage, and my mother or father took the photo from the floor below the stage. You can just about see my underwear. It is kind of a strange photo.
But my mother probably cried too.

5/10/2008 6:54 PM  
Blogger Miss Profe said...

I know you are very proud of your young lady. May she continue to grow in her faith life.

5/28/2008 8:39 AM  

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