E TEND TO THINK of the May crowning as bright & joyful, since it occurs during the merry month of May. Did you know the liturgical books designate an antiphon for the May crowning ceremony? 1
Do you agree the following is a DARK antiphon?
* * Vocal Score (PDF) • Organ Accompaniment (PDF)
Mary’s not just a happy Queen—she’s a fearful one. If you’ve ever been close to death, you can recall the serious terror that grabs hold of your mind & heart. The Church seems to be reminding us of how serious Mary’s role was: saying “yes” to the Redeemer.
You can hear this antiphon sung by more than fifty singers if you attend the 4:30pm SOLEMN MASS which I have spoken about already. Will I see you there?
It’s your chance to meet the FSSP District Superior and famous conductors like Dr. Horst Buchholz and Dr. Alfred Calabrese!
NOTES FROM THIS ARTICLE:
1 It’s the same antiphon used for Communion on 31 May in the 1962 calendar, which is called “Mary the Queen.”