Our Lady Honored in First Saturday May Crowning in Scranton

The First Saturday of May began with honoring Our Lady at St. Michael the Archangel, in Scranton. Fr. Michael Stinson, FSSP, assistant pastor of St. Michael’s, led in honoring Our Lady with the May Crowning followed by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

The practice of consecrating the month of May to Our Lady spread throughout Italy in the early 18th century, but devotions in her honor in May have origins as far back as the 14th century. With Our Lady’s appearance at Fatima, 1917, the devotion of the First Saturday’s took on an even more important meaning.

One of Our Lady’s requests at Fatima was the spread of the devotion of five First Saturdays.  The faithful can offer penance and reparation by attending Mass on five consecutive First Saturdays, make a Communion of reparation in atonement for the sins of the world, go to Confession, pray five decades of the Rosary, and spend 15 minutes meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary.  In return, the faithful who offer this devotion will be assisted by signal graces for their salvation at the hour of their death. (Source)

May 5, 2015