May is a very special month for the Church as we remember Mary, the Mother of Jesus and Mother of us all.
A full month is given over to Mary and during this month we are asked to think about Mary, say special prayers to her and have May altars. We sing hymns to Mary to tell her how much we love her, ask her to help us stay close to her son Jesus and to try to live as Jesus shows us. Traditionally May is the month that we have a May procession and crown Mary.
During these strange and uncertain times, we turn to Mary to help us. Pope Francis shared the following prayer, asking Mary to protect the world during this Coronavirus pandemic:
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God.
Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial,
but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Our Lady of Walsingham, England
Our Lady of Knock, Ireland
Our Lady of Lourdes, France
Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal