May is the month of Mary. Behold Mary as your mother, and consider honoring her in a special (perhaps even new) way this May. When you do, she will keep her promise of praying for you, both now, and at the hour of your death. (Suggestions will be offered throughout the month.)
Create a May Altar at Home: May Altars are a tradition that date back hundreds of years, and were prevalent in many homes throughout the world. In simplest terms, a May Altar is a small surface in your home that is dedicated to honoring Our Blessed Mother during the month of May. It is a place for focusing on Marian devotions, and joining with Our Lady in prayer.
May Altars may consist of nothing more than a meaningfully selected image, an icon or statue of Mary, and a spray of May flowers which are placed in a prominent place. Depending on the ages and interests of your family, you may want to include some other items such as:
* Blue or White Linens (colors often associated with Our Lady)
* Real or Arificial Flowers
* Holy Cards with Images of Mary
* Holy Water
* Picture Books and Devoionals about Mary
* Words to Hymns or Recordings of Songs about Mary
* Cushions, a Kneeler, a Chair, or a Stool nearby to Encourage Prayer
Of course, the most important thing is that your May Altar gets used. It should be a daily reminder of Mary saying “Y-E-S” to be the Mother of the Savior.
Pray the Rosary: The Rosary is the Marian devotion par excellence. When people think of Marian devotion, they usually think of the Rosary. If you do not pray the Rosary regularly, then consider making May the month when you commit to praying it every day.
The Rosary is currently being prayed at 7:30AM on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 8AM on Fridays BEFORE Mass, and AFTER the 7AM Mass on Sundays at OLH. Please join us!
Pray the Regina Caeli: You might hear Church bells ring daily at 6AM, 12PM - Noon, and 6PM. Those bells indicate the traditional time of praying the Angelus, a prayer which focuses on the incarnation. From Easter Sunday through Pentecost, the Regina Caeli replaces the Angelus Prayer. The Regina Caeli focuses on Easter joy, and the resurrection of Jesus. Try praying it at least once each day, if not all three times. If you cannot observe the traditional Church times, then consider praying it before breakfast, lunch, and supper.
Queen of Heaven, rejoice, Alleluia
The Son, whom you merited to bear, Alleluia Has risen, as He said, Alleluia
Pray for us to God, Alleluia
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia
R. For the Lord has truly risen, Alleluia
Let us Pray: O God, who through the resurrection of Your Son Jesus Christ gave rejoicing to the world grant, we pray, that through His Mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through Christ Our Lord.