With the building work going on in both churches it has been difficult for us to have the traditional Crowning of Our Lady and the procession of flowers.
However we did not want to let Our Lady's Month pass without some recognition of Our Lady. Her statue was taken down from the altar and decorated with flowers.
At the beginning of Mass on the First Sunday of May the Parish Priest crowned the statue in a simple, yet moving ceremony whilst the traditional hymn 'Bring flowers of the Rarest' was sung with gusto.
O Mary we crown Thee with blossoms today
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
After the lovely Crowning Ceremony on the Sunday it was back to work for the electricians on the Monday and Our Lady was enveloped in scaffolding!!!
Over at St Joseph's we could not use the statue of Our Lady from the altar as it was blocked in by the scaffolding. A temporary Lady Altar was erected for the crowning ceremony. Unfortunately there were no pictures taken on that occasion.