St. Cecilia Academy is rooted in Catholic tradition. One of the most beautiful traditions that we have at school is the crowning of Mary. This day is dedicated to celebrate our lady and the leaders of the school, the seniors. Throughout the day we have mass and then an outside ceremony where the sodality presidents has the great honor of crowning the statue of Mary followed by a mother daughter picnic. To commemorate the beginning of spring the seniors get to come in pastel or floral dresses with their choice of heels or flats, depending on the bravery of the senior.We begin with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass where father O’Neil celebrates the sacrament of the Eucharist, and the choir singing their classic mass hymns, the only difference is the added guests. After Mass someone will lead the crowd in the rosary as the freshman form an honor guard outside to direct all guests to the grotto, where the statue of Mary is found. The seniors are the last to process out of the church and to the grotto; they are given roses to present to Mary once down at the grotto. One by one the seniors present a rose to Our Lady at the grotto then they form a line in the back, where they await the crowing of Mary. After the Sodality president crowns Mary we pray a special prayer and sing the Alma matter with the entire senior class locked arm in arm.
After the crowning ceremony outside all were invited to the courtyard to have a picnic with their mothers. This is time to enjoy nature while spending time with our mothers and classmates. This day not only to honor our heavenly mother but is also to show our gratitude for our earthly mothers. We take one day out of our busy year to show our appreciation and respect for the women in our life both spiritually and physically. There is one added bonus that this beautiful and spiritual day has, it is that we get out early!
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