Saturday, March 3, 2012

May Crowning

Fra Angelico's Coronation of the Virgin
Margaret was the first to bring back the May crowning and other exercises in honor of Our Lady.  She took care to address the Protestants present so that they would not take scandal by the special devotion their Catholic friends had for the Blessed Virgin.  She was overjoyed when as many people came for the exercises as there were on a very full Sunday, nearly a hundred people.  She thought such an outpouring would surely please the Divine Mother and bring about the salvation of England.  Through donations collected the success of both Convent and Hospital were ensured, and the school enrollment increased. 

Drane, Augusta Theodosia (Mother Francis Raphael), Life of Mother Margaret Mary Hallahan: Foundress of the English Congregation of St. Catherine of Siena of the Third Order of St. Dominic, Longmans, Green and Co., New York, New York, 1929, pp. 80