How many of us in the parish have the idea that May is the month of Mary? There is no doubt that a great number of parents, catechists, ministers, young men and women, and church goers are aware that May is also the month of the first Holy Communion. In the past few weeks we welcomed those who received their first Holy Communion with great enthusiasm and admiration.
Why is May Mary's month? Here is a brief explanation. "For centuries, the Catholic Church has set aside the entire month of May to honor Mary, Mother of God. Not just a day in May, but the entire month." The custom spans both centuries and cultures, with roots going back as far as the Ancient Greeks. In early Greece, May was dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of fecundity. "
In Ancient Rome, May was dedicated to Flora, the goddess of blooms, or blossoms. They celebrated ludi florals, or floral games, at the end of April and asked the intercession of Flora for all that blooms.
In medieval times, similar customs abounded, all centering around the practice of expelling winter, as May 1 was considered the start of new growth. During this period, the tradition of Tricesimum, or "Thirty-Day Devotion to Mary," came into being. Also called, "Lady Month," the event was held from August 15-September 14 and is still observed in some areas. The idea of a month dedicated specifically to Mary can be traced back to baroque times. Although it wasn't always held during May, Mary Month included thirty daily spiritual exercises honoring Mary. It was in this era that Mary's Month and May were combined, making May the Month of Mary with special devotions organized on each day throughout the month. This custom became especially widespread during the nineteenth century and remains in practice until today.
Second Saturday of every month at 6:45 pm in Church of Resurrection, Sunnyvale.
Every Saturdays at 6:30 pm in the Farana Center or Chapel at the Church of Resurrection, Sunnyvale.
Every Saturday 6:30 pm in the Farana Center or Chapel room at the Church of Resurrection, Sunnyvale.