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In the parking lot at the Miraculous Medal Shrine, a winding line of people stretched from the statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel to the lot’s gate. Smiling and eagerly waiting for the procession to begin, each person held a rose to offer to our Blessed Mother. Slowly the procession started with prayers and songs to Mary. A statue of Our Blessed Mother, carried by Vincentian seminarians, led the way down the side path of the Shrine into the building, as those processing prayed the Rosary.
Once inside, everyone placed their rose in the vases surrounding Mary’s statue. As soon as the congregation was seated, the Crowning of Our Lady began, followed by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
This was last year’s May Procession at the Miraculous Medal Shrine. And it’s safe to assume that the several hundred people who came to the Shrine were here to show their devotion to Mary.
Catholics throughout the centuries have paid honor to the Blessed Mother in loving acts of prayer and veneration. It might also be fair to say that it would be very difficult to have devotion to our Blessed Mother if we’ve not experienced her devotion to us first.
How many of her children, after fervently turning to their Mother, have received comfort, answers, and guidance? How many have been spared from mishaps or calamities? How many have received an abundance of spiritual graces?
If you would like to thank Mary for her devotion to you, or if you’d like to show your devotion to her, join us at our May Procession on May 20 at 10:45 a.m. on Chelten Ave. at the Shrine lawn.