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RE: May is the month of Mary

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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:

 

 

O Mary,

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.

The ideas and resources below are to help you as a family at home to celebrate May as the month of Mary, our Mother. 
  • Set up a May altar/Shrine to Mary in your home. 
  • Say the Rosary together as a family. 
  • Make your own rosary beads. 
  • Have a family May procession.
  • Make your own Mary garden.
  • Make a Queen of Heaven cake.
  • Pray to Mary each day. Write a prayer to Mary asking for her help during the coronavirus pandemic. 
  • Look at stories of Mary in the Bible. Choose your favourite one and retell it in words and pictures. 
  • Find hymns which are about Mary and sing them with your family! Maybe you could even create your own hymn about Mary?
  • Try some crafts, there are lots of ideas online! The website below has some fun Mary craft activities. 
  • In many countries, there are special places where people visit to pray to Mary. Find out about:

Our Lady of Walsingham, England

Our Lady of Knock, Ireland

 Our Lady of Lourdes, France

  Our Lady of Fatima, Portugal

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