Crowning a statue of Mary

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: Thank you for your continued time to make this blog possible and answer questions. Can you please clarify crowning a statue of Mary in church within a Sunday Mass? Is it allowed? I found two previous posts on in which you answered a similar question: “You may certainly incorporate crowning an image of the Virgin within a Mass. The Roman Pontifical envisions this possibility for a bishop. The crowning takes place after the homily.”


A: In popular piety, a child has placed a crown on an image of Mary within the context of a parish Mass. We don’t have an official rite for that, but it fits within the fabric of rites we have. If it fosters devotion, it should be fine.