Saturday, May 31, 2014
Flores de Mayo y Santacruzan 2014
Flores de Mayo is believed to have originated in the mid-1800s when the Vatican proclaimed doctrines about the Immaculate Conception. The festivity is sometimes called Flores de Maria which means Flowers of Mary, where Flores de Mayo means Flowers of May. This celebration may have been extracted from the publication circa 1867 of Mariano Sevilla’s translation of the devotional Flores de Maria where flowers are offered to the Blessed Virgin. This tradition is said to have been introduced by the Spaniards to the Philippines.
Every day for the entire month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Children and young adults with cut flowers and basket of petals in hand, march down the center aisle of the church or chapel, offering the flowers to the image of the Blessed Virgin near the altar. Hymns to the Virgin Mary are sung throughout the offering while novena prayers are said before the floral offering.
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