"Behold, your Mother" John 19:27
Our First Communion Students lead the Marian procession and crown Mary for our Parish May Crowning Event.
We celebrate many Marian feast days in May which lend the entire month to her honor, these feasts include:
May 1, Queen of Heaven
May 13, Our Lady of Fatima
May 24, Mary Help of Christians
May 31, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Many families will take time to do a special devotion to Mary during this month, these can include: praying the rosary together, setting up a Marian altar in your home, crowning a statue of Mary in your home, or taking time to learn more about the Blessed Mother as a family.
Why is May the month of Mary?
The Church all over the world celebrates a special devotion to Mary during the month of May; why May? Traditionally May is celebrated as a month that welcomes in a season of new life and rebirth and cultures all over the world celebrate motherhood in May. This connection between new life, motherhood, and the month of May naturally led early Christians to honor the Blessed Mother during this time.
In 1967 Pope Paul VI wrote, "This is the month in which, in the churches and individual homes, the most affectionate and fervent homage of prayers and devotions from the hearts of Christians are raised to Mary. It is also the month in which from his throne descend upon us the most generous and abundant gifts of the Divine Mercy."