A May Crowning 100 Feet in the Air

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Editor’s note: For readers living in and around the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, don’t miss your chance to celebrate Our Lady tomorrow at this unique May Crowning! If you can’t be there in person, visit the Shrine’s website at msmary.edu/grotto. Lisa Hendey

Image courtesy of National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, used with permission

Image courtesy of National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, used with permission

MSMU Statue of Mary that Stands 100 Feet in Air – Gets Crowned

National Shrine Grotto Celebrates Mary

WHAT: The Grotto’s May Crowning of Mary – The golden 25-foot statue of Mary which sits atop the 95-foot campanile and stands high above the Mount St. Mary’s University campus at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto will be crowned with flowers. The crown measures 12 feet in diameter will be raised by crane and placed upon the statue’s head.

This epic event celebrates the Catholic tradition of crowning Blessed Mother Mary in the month of May with spring blossoms to recognize her model of faith and discipleship.

WHEN: May 1 after the 12:00 p.m. mass at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Mount St. Mary’s University – National Shrine Grotto
16330 Grotto Road
Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Learn more about the National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto here.

Image courtesy of National Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, used with permission

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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  1. Love this shrine! If you are ever even close to this area–plan to stop here. It is such a beautiful place to visit and bring your prayer concerns. It also is neat to note that St. Elizabeth Ann Seton would bring her students here for lessons. (It wasn’t a shrine yet, but they would journey up this hill from their nearby school. ) Wish I could see this crowning event.

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