On a warm, sunny morning, more than 300 students and staff from Our Lady of Lourdes School, West Islip, honored Mary by participating in a Marian prayer service after the parish’s 8:30 Mass on May 25 . Msgr. Brian McNamara, pastor, and Father Andrew Garnett, associate pastor, led a procession of children from the church to a grassy area where the service was to be celebrated.

Different groups of students took turns at the podium, reciting the rosary in a variety of languages, including Greek, Polish, Croatian, Italian, Spanish, French, German, Dutch, Gaelic, Latin and English. Second-graders dressed in their first Communion attire sang a special hymn to the Blessed Mother and one of the members of the class, Zoe Nolde, later climbed a ladder to crown a statue of Mary with a wreath of colorful flowers.

Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz