Thursday, 30 April 2020 17:33

May, the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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In the Catholic Church, traditionally, every month of the calendar year has a particular devotion to which it is dedicated.  This devotion is usually a reflection of events in the liturgical calendar and/or historical events in the Church.  Although these monthly devotions may vary slightly based on country and culture, there are many held in common throughout the Catholic world.  

The month of May has traditionally been dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of our Lord and Our Mother. Here are some resources that may give you and your family some ideas for ways you can particularly celebrate devotion to our Lady during her month, May. 

Read and learn about the Virgin Mary on this resources page.  Who is she?  What is her role?  What does the Church teach about her? What does the Bible say about her?  What did the Church fathers teach about her?

Go through the formal process of Consecration to Jesus through Mary.  We suggest using Preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus Christ Through Mary According to St. Louis de Monfort by Fr. Hugh Gillespie, SMM.  Another option is 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley.

Create a “Mary garden” at your home – something small or go big – either way it is a beautiful way to honor our Lady.  Here you can read more about the Mary garden and about flower selections that are related to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  

Participate in (or even organize) a May crowning.  Here you can find an explanation of what it is, information on how to plan one as well as a worksheet and craft ideas related to May crowning.   

Pray the Rosary and add the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the prayers at the end. 

Pick up a book about Mary and read itHere are some suggestions from a Catholic publishing company. 

Host a Marian Tea party or luncheon– for adults or children.  Here is a suggestion of how to do it.

Create some Marian themed craftsHere are a few to get you started. 

Do not be afraid to open your heart and your home to the Blessed Virgin Mary, as she is the surest way to Jesus!

“The greatest saints, those richest in grace and virtue will be the most assiduous in praying to the most Blessed Virgin, looking up to her as the perfect model to imitate and as a powerful helper to assist them.” - Saint Louis Marie de Montfort