Praying to Mary in the Month of May
The month of May is the “month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady,” and it is the occasion for a “moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world (pay) to the Queen of Heaven. During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration. In this month, too, the benefits of God’s mercy come down to us from her throne in greater abundance.” This Christian custom of dedicating the month of May to the Blessed Virgin arose at the end of the 13th century. In this way, the Church was able to Christianise the sec-ular feasts which were wont to take place at that time. In the 16th century, books appeared and fostered this devotion.
During the month of May the church asks us to pray the rosary—Our Lady’s favourite prayer. Please try to pray the Rosary with your family and friends each day during May.
A PRAYER TO MARY
“O Mary, my Mother and my Lady, I offer You my soul,
my body, my life and my death, and all that will follow it.
I place everything in Your hands.
O my Mother, cover my soul with Your virginal mantle and
grant me the grace of purity of heart, soul and body.
Defend me with Your power against all enemies, and especially
against those who hide their malice behind the mask of virtue.
O lovely lily! You are for me a mirror, O my Mother! ” – Diary, 79
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