New Catholic here. As a new Catholic (from 20+ years as a protestant) Confirmed Nov 4, 07. The rest of my immediate family is in different stages of RCIA. I enrolled my youngest son in the regular Middle School Youth Group at Church.He will be going to the first communion classes next year for older kids.
Anyway Last night for youth group he needed a flower for this thing called a May Crowning. I found out it was some ceremony of crowning a statue of Mary and putting flowers around her or some such. Hard to get much information from an 11 year old.
Now I have overcome all major doctrinal issues I had with Mary as a protestant and as a Catholc understand them and believe them from a Catholic view now. I would say those issues with Mary are probably the hardest for most protestants coming into the Church to understand, but I realized I still had resistance and hesitation last night about this ceremony after he told me about it. Can someone explain it and apolegetically defend this practice to me. It would help me understand it better.
My son thought nothing of it. He has no culture shock because he was too little to really remember the fundamentalist Baptist Church we use to belong to when he was born and attended through preschool. Then we were looking around for a church for about 5 years -- you could say church hopping before being led to the Catholic Church two and a half years ago.
PS: (Once when I was in RCIA I learned of another practice that I was shocked at- This burying of the St. Joseph statue to sell a house- I was relieved to find out that wasn’t sanctioned by the church and was a repudiated superstition)