May is the Month of Mary

Fifth and 6th graders lead the weekly all-school rosary at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion. The upper grades take turns each week during the month of May to guide students through a series of traditional prayers said on each Rosary bead to teach the story of Jesus' amazing life on Earth. The key events in His life are summarized in five "mysteries."  

Also during the first week of May, grades 5 and 6 lead the rosary before Mass prior to the traditional Mary Crowning ceremony on Sunday, May 11th at the 9:30 a.m. Mass at St. John the Baptist Church in Vermillion. The procession for this feast day, which recognizes Mary as the Queen of Heaven and Earth, will include parish first communicants in formal dress carrying flowers to be laid at the feet of Mary while the congregation sings Marian hymns like "Hail, Holy Queen, Enthroned Above;" "Immaculate Mary," or "On This Day, Oh Beautiful Mother." The crowning takes place with a formal crown of flowers placed on Mary's head by the children.  

Marian feast days are specific holy days of the liturgical year celebrated by Christians as significant Marian days for the celebration of events in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her veneration. 

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