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May – the month of Mary
The month of May is a special month in the Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar. The practice of special devotion during the month of May dates back to the 17th Century.
Why is May the month of Mary?
Traditionally, Catholics devote the whole month of May to honouring and celebrating Mary, the mother of Jesus. Mary is sometimes known as the ‘Queen of May’.
You may see a ‘May altar’ in your classroom, school, local church or at home. The May altar is usually a table covered in a blue or white cloth, with pictures or statues of Mary, candles, flowers, and rosary beads.
We sing special hymns to Mary during the month of May and sometimes we have a May procession and place a crown of flowers on the statue of Mary.
Here is a verse from one of these special hymns:
Bring flowers of the rarest bring blossoms the fairest, from garden and woodland and hillside and dale; our full hearts are swelling, our glad voices telling the praise of the loveliest flower of the vale!
Refrain: O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May, O Mary! we crown thee with blossoms today, Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May.
Mary is known as the mother of the Church. We, the people, are the Church so Mary is our mother. We know that we can turn to Mary in our times of need. Mary is our heavenly mother and she is an inspiration to us as we try to follow her example. You can say this prayer to Mary.
A special prayer to Mary
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
As we are preparing for our Easter celebrations this year let me take you on a journey through Holy Week.
Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Christ into Jerusalem when palm branches were placed in his path.
Spy Wednesday: Jesus was with his disciples in Bethany. Judas was a spy and Wednesday was the day he chose to betray Christ.
Holy Thursday (also called Maundy Thursday) Maundy comes from the Latin word ‘Mandatum’ meaning instruction. Jesus told his disciples ‘Do this in memory of me’. Jesus washed their feet. He blessed the bread and wine and shared this meal, called the Last Supper, with his friends, which was also a traditional sacrifice of Jewish people. Now we know it as a Holy Mass.
Good Friday: Jesus died on the cross in Calvary. The Latin word for skull is calvaria. Along the way he met Mary, his mother, and some women of Jerusalem. Veronica stepped out from the crowd and wiped his face. Simon of Cyrene helped Jesus to carry the cross. And at the end Jesus was crucified at a spot outside Jerusalem called Golgotha which in Aramaic means “place of the skull.”
Easter Sunday: Jesus rose from the dead. He appears at the empty tomb to Mary Magdalene, then to the disciples minus Thomas and then to all the disciples including Thomas (known as “doubting Thomas”). Today the site is called the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
Easter blessing:May Christ, Our Risen Saviour, always be there by your side to bless you and your family and be your loving guide. Amen
I hope you all enjoyed learning some facts about the events of Holy Week.