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Scott P. Richert

May: The Month of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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The Catholic practice of assigning a special devotion to each month goes back to the early 16th century.Statue of Mary, Queen of May, at the May Crowning at Saint Mary's Oratory, Rockford, Illinois, on May 18, 2008. (Photo © Scott P. Richert) Since the best known of those devotions is probably the dedication of May as the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary, it might come as a surprise that it wasn't until the late 18th century that this devotion arose among Jesuits in Rome. In the early years of the 19th century, it quickly spread throughout the Western Church, and, by the time of Pope Pius IX's declaration of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in 1854, it had become universal.

May crownings and other special events in May in honor of Mary, such as public recitation of the rosary, stem from this time. Sadly, such communal events are more rare today, but we can take the month of May as an opportunity to renew our own devotion to the Mother of God by dusting off our rosaries and adding a few more Marian prayers to our daily routine.

Parents, in particular, should encourage Marian devotion in their children, since the non-Catholic Christians they encounter today often downplay (if not denigrate) the role that the Blessed Virgin played in our salvation through her fiat--her joyous "Yes" to the will of God.

(Statue of Mary, Queen of May, at the May Crowning at Saint Mary's Oratory, Rockford, Illinois, on May 18, 2008. Photo © Scott P. Richert)

Prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary:

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May 5, 2010 at 1:07 pm
(1) Mary says:

During this Marian Month I plead with all our beloved children of God on this Website to pray for our country, Kenya. We are embarking on a Referendum for a new Constitution. Unfortunately, someone with malevolent intentions has inserted a Paragraph that allows abortion on demand. The same evil spirit has, on the sentence “life begins at conception” let this sentence unfinished by omitting “until natural death”, thereby leaving a leeway for euthanasia. This are plans perpertated by the International Planned Parenthood way back in early 2008, brough the Bill here and had it domesticated by the Association of Women Lawyers as Reprodutive Helath Bill. This Organization is determined to open up our country of whosale abortions and eithanasia on the pretext they are protecting the lives of mothers and making health services affordable for the appropriate segmet of society by “doing something” about sickly senior members in our country.

So I beg you all, pray for us during this Holy Month of Our Lady Mother of God. Our Shepherds have advised the faithful accordingly, but those with other dangerous agendas like the previous rulers who intigated tribal cleanising since 1992 culminating with wholesale genocide now about to be dealt with by the International Criminal Court starting this month, have hitched a ride on our Bishops objections ton these two Section in the Draft Constitution ensure it is defeated to protect themselves and their criminal activities. We are praying for the Holy Spirit to guide us out of this. Pray that we shake off the agents of Satan from our shoulders, get a clean Constitution which protects the santity of life, and ensures equitable distribution of resources to everybody and guarantees that never again, will some tribes be mobilized to annihilate and expel another tribe from their homes and confiscate their land and properties for whatever fabricated reason. Oh, Holy Mary Mother of God and our Mother, Saint Faustina and all the Angels and Saints in Heaven, Pray for Kenya

April 23, 2013 at 12:52 am
(2) Mary says:

I will pray for Kenya.

May 2, 2013 at 7:11 am
(3) kathy says:

I will too!

May 4, 2013 at 11:25 am
(4) Mary Ellen says:

The Blessed Mother has always been special to me. I pray the rosary and pray that the children of today will realize what She and Jesus means to us. TUG>

May 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm
(5) Anna says:

We pray for all the mothers to make right decisions through the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

May 7, 2013 at 8:52 am
(6) miriam says:

i remember them in my prayers this month of May. Mother Mary please protect your children.

May 10, 2013 at 6:44 am
(7) Ntsukunyane Mokhotho says:

I will definately pray for Kenya and i ll also remember it during my breviary hours.

July 26, 2013 at 2:48 pm
(8) marian says:

Express Memorare Novena (say it 9 times in a row) Make a sign of a cross (petition Remember O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection imploed your help and sought your intercession was left ubaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto you Virgin of Virgin my mother. To you I come before you. I stand sinful and sorrowful. O mother of the word Inurnate despise not my petition but in your mercy hear abd anser me. publication Must happen immediately and prayer will be granted. Thank you Blessed Virgin is powerful and pure and never fail Thank you for mgr at aaron sales and for 419 to come out on cash 3 . Please answer my pray thank you

April 4, 2014 at 6:29 am
(9) anna says:

Yes all my prayers asked thorugh mary our mothers intercession are definitely answered.

May 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm
(10) Lionel (Paris) says:

This is very nice, many thanks!

May 6, 2014 at 9:54 pm
(11) Brian says:

While I admire Mary for accepting God’s will in her life, to honor her in this way brings her up to the level of honor of Jesus, and brings Jesus down to the level of honor we give Mary, making them equal. However, I believe Jesus is God and deserves a level of honor much greater than His mother Mary. In addition, I find it offensive to make the month of May a priority to honor Mary over the month of June to honor Christ. Christ should be honored first and foremost. Also, many patriarchs of the Bible accepted God’s will over their own, and yet they do not get a month to to be honored. Why elevate Mary beyond the other saints and patriarchs? In Christ, Brian

May 19, 2014 at 11:45 pm
(12) Melchizedek says:

@Brian,
[Why elevate Mary beyond the other saints and patriarchs?]

Because none of the Patriach is the Mother of God.
and Christ did not say of any of them “Behold Your Mother”
and none of them were Immaculately Conceived,
Only Mary took care of God as a little boy, and She alone was asked to give flesh to the Word (and the Word was made flesh, and dwelt amongst us).
She is not equal to Christ, whe is the Mother of Christ
the only one who gave birth to Her own Creator.
Christ is never offended that you greatly honor His mother, as you would not be offended when someone honors your mother.
Instead, Christ is honored when we honor Mary, because Christ gave her to us to honor, Love, and respect her.
Whoever respects the mother of God respects God, whoever honors the mother of Christ honors Christ, and not the other way round.

In Jesus living in Mary,
Melchizedek.

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