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May is the month dedicated to Mary

posted May 6, 2014, 7:35 AM by Risen Christ   [ updated May 6, 2014, 7:47 AM ]

Since the eighteenth century the Catholic Church has dedicated the month of May to Mary. During this month, special prayers and devotions are held in parishes to honour the woman God had chosen to bring forth His son into the world. These include processions around the church, praying the rosary in front of the Marian grotto and little crowning ceremonies. Successive popes have exhorted the faithful to avail themselves of the graces to be gained from the various devotions.

But there's no need to fret if we cannot make it to church in time for the scheduled ceremonies. We can always perform our personal devotions to Mary in our own time.

The best thing we can do is to pray the rosary. It could be in front of our family altar or while walking through a quiet stretch, or even while travelling. There are four mysteries of the rosary, namely the Glorious, Joyful, Sorrowful and Luminous mysteries, the last one being the latest introduced by St John-Paul II in 2002 while he was pope. Going through the various mysteries while praying the rosary is a unique way of "recounting" with Mary the joys, the pains, the significant events and the victories she went through in the life of her son Jesus. The rosary is essentially a mental prayer - or a soaking prayer. Seasoned exponents of the rosary know that the real value of the rosary devotion lies not in the words of the prayers recited, but in the meaning and the essence behind those words.  [20140501]