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May - the month of Mary

The Church honors Mary, the mother of Jesus, with special devotion, especially during month of May. Why do we honor Mary? The main reason is because God Himself honored her by choosing her to be the mother of His only Son, Jesus. Mary is the first disciple and a model disciple for us to follow in our walk with Jesus. Why? Because she was the first one to accept Jesus when she said yes to the angel Gabriel at the Annunciation.

We too are asked to say yes and follow Jesus, and ask for Mary's help and intercession along the way. Throughout her life she showed us many different ways to follow Jesus:

  • Helping others - Immediately after learning of her own pregnancy, Mary set out "in haste" to help her cousin Elizabeth.
  • Searching and following Jesus - when Mary and Joseph lost Jesus in the temple, they didn't stop searching until they found him.
  • "Do whatever he tells you" - During the wedding at Cana Mary tells the waiter "do whatever He tells you".

Learn Why May is the Month of Mary and 10 Reasons to Love and Honor Mary in these articles from the National Catholic Register.

How can we honor Mary? 

  • Pray the Rosary
    • Pope Francis recently added two new prayers to say at the end of your Rosary that ask for Mary's aid and intercession in this time of pandemic
    • Watch Gayle's video about Praying the Rosary
    • Pray the Glorious Mysteries along with St. B's parishioners 
  • Pray other Marian prayers such as the Hail Mary, Memorare, and Hail Holy Queen 
  • May Crowing 
    • Get ideas on how to do the May Crowning at home
    • Watch a virtual May Crowning from St. B's with songs and pictures from past May Crownings
  • Resources from the USCCB - including prayers, videos, an interactive Lenten calendar, and more
  • Videos, movies, podcasts, and more from FORMED for the whole family
  • Check out our Pinterest page with ideas and resources to honor Mary