Madonna and Child, by Luca Della Robbia
May is the month of Mary; devotion to the Blessed Mother throughout May originated in Rome in the 18th century to counter immorality and infidelity among students at a college there. It has spread through most of the Latin Church now. Because the North American holiday of Mother's Day falls in May, Catholics take this time to recall and try to emulate Mary's role as mother. Therefore devotion to Mary in the month of May focuses both on Mary as a role model for Christian mothers, and Mary's everlasting chastity and purity, and her fidelity to God's will.
From a homeschool blogger (and friend) Jennifer Miller, here are some suggestions for Marian devotion:
- Celebration of the Word of God, imitating Mary when she pondered all these things in her heart.
- Praying the Angelus, (or Regina Coeli during the Easter season)
- Praying the Rosary
- Praying Litanies of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Total Consecration or Entrustment to Mary
- Wearing of the Brown Scapular and other Scapulars and Medals with images of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- Singing the "Akathistos" Hymn to the Most Holy Mother of God (the Theotokos)
“Devotion to Our Blessed Lady in its ultimate analysis must be regarded as a practical application of the doctrine of the Communion of Saints.”
A Comprehensive History of the Devotion to Our Lady
“Hail Holy Queen”
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee to we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn, then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Prayer of St. Thomas
Grant me, O Lord my God, a mind to know you, a heart to seek you, wisdom to find you, conduct pleasing to you, faithful perseverance in waiting for you, and a hope of finally embracing you. Amen.
"Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, do; and the God of peace will be with you." - St. Paul: Philippians 4:6-9
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