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May is the month devoted to Mary
Hail Virgin, dearest Mary! Our lovely Queen of May! O spotless, blessed Lady, Our lovely Queen of May. Your children, humbly bending, Surround your shrine..
May devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary are Marian devotions held in the Catholic Church during the month of May to commemorate Mary, the Mother of God, as “the Queen of May.” These services are available either inside or outside. A “May Crowning” is indeed a long-established Roman Catholic ceremony performed in May.
The origins of the traditional May devotion are still unknown. According to Herbert Thurston, the seventeenth century was the first instance of implementing the custom of dedicating the month of May to the Blessed Virgin through special observances. This form of Marian devotion is sure to have originated in Italy. Witnesses speak of a particular form of Marian devotion in May in Grezzano, near Verona, around 1739. The Archbishop of Genoa highly suggested the May devotion as a home devotion in 1747. In 1838, special prayers for them were sanctioned in Rome.
In his 1965 encyclical, Mense Maio, Pope Paul VI identified the month of May as an opportune time to incorporate special prayers for peace into traditional May devotions.
The content of a May devotion has no set structure. It usually includes the singing of Marian anthems, scripture readings, and a sermon. In May, Catholics offer Mary pilgrimages, visits to churches dedicated to her, small sacrifices in her honour, periods of study and completed work offered up to her, and more attentive rosary recitation.
On May 31, the final devotion is frequently followed by a solemn procession in which a statue or portrait of the Virgin Mary is carried back into the church. Some May devotions may take place outside or in a special location.
Several popes have endorsed this devotion, including Pope Pius XII in his encyclical Ingruentium malorum:
The family recitation of the Holy Rosary is an extremely effective method. What a sweet sight – most pleasing to God – when the Christian home resounds with the frequent repetition of praises in honour of the High Queen of Heaven at eventide! The family then recited the Rosary before the image of the Virgin, in an admirable union of hearts, the parents and their children returning from their daily work. It brings them together in prayer with the absent and the dead. It binds all more tightly in a sweet love bond with the most Holy Virgin, who, like a loving mother, guides all.
Go to Wikipedia to read the detailed account > May Devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary
A visit to Thought for the Day – 1 May – Devotion for May – the Month of Mary provides a blog entry for this subject. AnaStpaul
“This is the month in which, in the churches and individual homes, the most affectionate and fervent homage of prayers and devotions from the hearts of Christians are raised to Mary. It is also the month in which from His throne descend upon us the most generous and abundant gifts of the Divine Mercy.”…St Pope Paul VI, The Month of Mary,1967.