The May Procession is a treasured tradition at St. Norbert’s, when our community gathers to celebrate and honor the Blessed Mother. Given this year’s unusual circumstances, the school came together virtually to take part in the centerpiece of this annual day of devotion: the Crowning of Mary. In advance of the May 21 service, our eighth graders, dressed up in their graduation attire, contributed to a video presentation of prayer to Our Lady, reciting the Act of Consecration one line at a time. In addition, the second graders took turns reciting Lovely Lady, a sweet prayer to Mary from a young child, while wearing their special First Communion clothes.

Mrs. Hennessy, Father Steve, Mrs. Frack, and members of the choir safely distanced live in the church, with Father reading the gospel and providing a thoughtful homily addressed to our students. The ceremony culminated with Mrs. Hennessy placing a crown of flowers atop the statue of the Blessed Mother, while viewers enjoyed a series of beautiful and original depictions of Mary created by upper-grade students.

While it might have looked a little different this year, the Crowning of Mary remained the very special devotion to Our Lady that we look forward to every year.