May is the Month of the Virgin Mary
May, the month in which the earth springs into bloom (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) and we start thinking about planting gardens, family picnics and making vacation plans. For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of May to honor Mary, Mother of God. Not just a day in May, mind you, but the entire month.
The custom spans both centuries and cultures, with roots going back as far as the Ancient Greeks. The idea of a month dedicated specifically to Mary can be traced back to baroque times. Although it wasn’t always held during May, Mary Month included thirty daily spiritual exercises honoring Mary. It was in this era that Mary’s Month and May were combined, making May the Month of Mary with special devotions organized on each day throughout the month. This custom became especially widespread during the nineteenth century and remains in practice until today.
At the Parish...
We will crown the statue of the Blessed Mother on the weekend of May 1 and 2 at each of the Masses.
During the Month we will pray the Regina Caeli before each Mass begins. CLICK HERE to download a prayer card.
We invite you to join in praying the Rosary before daily Masses and on Sunday at 8:30 a.m.
For your Household consider...
Making this Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Life part of your prayer practice this month. CLICK HERE to download.
Creating a prayer space to honor the Blessed Mother, placing a statue, picture, and decorate it to with all members of your household. You can gather there to pray the rosary together, to ask for the Blessed Mother's intercession for your special intentions and to honor her throughout the month.
Pray Pope Francis' prayer to the Blessed Mother for an end to the pandemic CLICK HERE
Pray a special Novena: A Novena is a prayer with a specific intention that is offered nine days in a row. It stems from the days of prayer of the Virgin Mary and the disciples between the Ascension and Pentecost. Some novenas occur at certain times of the year: a novena of grace in March, Christmas novena beginning Dec. 12, and some can be done with the rosary… but the only scriptural novena is the one before Pentecost.
Interested in other FREE ideas...
Ave Maria Press offers a wonderful 4 week podcast series called "Ave Explores: Mary" CLICK HERE to find out more
Teaching Catholic Kids Site on devotional ideas: CLICK HERE
Loyola Press offers some great Marian resources: CLICK HERE
Novena to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots CLICK HERE