|5/5/2013 1:17:00 PM|
Blessed Mother honored by Tigard eighth grade
TIGARD — At St. Anthony Catholic School here, the Blessed Mother is honored every May with a Mass and crowning of a statute — the tradition goes back to the early 1950s.
Eighth grade students take a leading role. Each participates fully by collecting flowers from all students as they enter the sanctuary, reciting the scripture readings, and offering a reflection.Three different eighth graders recite the Hail Mary in English, Spanish and Vietnamese. Three others write and read a story about Our Lady and what she means to them personally.
Then comes the time-honored tradition: one eighth grade girl, escorted by an eighth grade boy, places a floral crown on the statue of Mary.
While “On this Day, O Beautiful Mother” is played on the piano and the congregation sings, the two students process up the aisle. The crown, woven with brightly colored flowers and strands of satin ribbon, lies on a pillow held in front of the girl. The scene has not changed for over 60 years.
To be chosen is an honor and says something about the students’ character. They exemplify their Catholic faith, not only by excelling in its study but by living it inside and outside the classroom. They must show poise, respect and love of others, radiate kindness and show leadership. The students are spiritually inspired to walk away from situations that don't reflect their values.
"With quiet confidence and humility, they are a shining example of what the entire staff at St. Anthony Catholic School hopes to bring forth from all our students," says a statement from the school.