On March 3, 2018, Pope Francis established the Feast of the “Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church,” which is celebrated on Pentecost Monday. The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels has commemorated the feast since its inception with a special Mass for Catholic school students, where thousands of students participate in the Mass, venerating the Virgin Mary with prayer, song and flowers, and two students would crown a statue of Mary as is traditionally done in her honor.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has closed parishes and schools, preventing students from personally attending the service, the Cathedral will continue the tradition virtually this Pentecost Monday, June 1, with a special Marian liturgy immediately following the livestreamed 8 a.m. Mass.
During the service, students will be asked to place flowers on a picture or statue of Mary in their home and share a photo on social to virtually join the crowning ceremony at the Cathedral, where two Catholic school students will crown the statue of Mary representing all those who are not able to attend. All are invited to share their photos on social media using the hashtag #MotheroftheChurch.
May the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, shelter us under the mantle of her protection and help us to always know the love of her Son, Jesus.