IN 1883 POPE LEO XIII BEGAN THE PRACTICE OF DEDICATING THE MONTH OF MAY TO MARY THE MOTHER OF JESUS. WHY??????????
BECAUSE IN GREEK AND ROMAN CLUTURE MAY WAS ALWAYS KNOWN TO BE THE ‘SEASON OF NEW LIFE’. IN GREEK CULTURE PEOPLE CELEBRATED ARTEMIS THE GODDESS OF FRUITFULNESS OR FERTILITY DURING MAY IN ROMAN CLUTURE THEY CELEBRATED FLORA THE GODDESS OF BLOSSOM DURING MAY
THEREFORE IN CHRISTIANITY THE CHURCH BEGAN TO SEE THAT MAY WAS ALL ABOUT ‘NEW LIFE’ AND ‘MOTHERHOOD’ AND THERE WAS A DECISION MADE BY POPE LEO TO ADOPT THE MONTH OF MAY AS MARYS MONTH ALSO IN MAY WE CELBRATE PENTECOST-JUST AFTER EASTER AND PENETCOST WAS THE BIRTH OF THE CHRISTIAN CHUCH THROROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT WHEN THE APOSTLES WERE SENT OUT TO PREACH THE NEWS OF JESUS
MARY IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE MOTHER OF THE CHURCH WE THE PEOPLE ARE THE CHURCH SO MARY IS OUR MOTHER.....
HOW WE CELEBRATE MARY IN MAY Say the Rosary Wearing of symbols associated with Mary e.g. brown scapular, miraculous medals, rosary beads Make a May alter May processions Songs Many children celebrate their 1 st holy communion in May where they join with Mary and Jesus at the table of the lord....
Litanies to Mary V. Lord, have mercy on us. R. Christ, have mercy on us. V. Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us. R. Christ, graciously hear us. God, the Father of Heaven: -- Have mercy on us. (repeat at end of each phrase.) God, the Son, Redeemer of the world: God, the Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity, One God, Holy Mary, -- Pray for us. (repeat at end of each phrase.) Holy Mother of God, Holy Virgin of virgins, Mother of Christ, Mother of divine grace, Mother most pure, Mother most chaste, Mother inviolate, Mother undefiled, Mother most amiable, Mother most admirable, Mother of good counsel, Mother of our Creator, Mother of our Saviour, Virgin most prudent, (the list continues and we all respond pray for us see link http://www.wf-f.org/LitanyBVM.html)