Tuesday, May 8, 2012

May is Mary's Month

May Crowning, Oakland, Calif, 1949
Mary's statue is still there, but the crownings have been discontinued.

Since the 13th century, the Church has dedicated May to Marian devotion.   Though in recent years this practice has, like so many traditional devotions, lapsed practically everywhere, at the local parish this Sunday , for the first time in years, we had a May Crowning, courtesy of the Rosary Altar Society (I didn't know we still had a Rosary Altar Society!)    Perhaps we have reached an important milestone on the road back from the bleak, disordered landscape into which ill-considered reform led many parishes.

The following is taken from "The Glories of Mary" by St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church:

"How great then should be our confidence in this queen knowing how powerful she is with God and at the same time how rich and full of mercy, so much so that there is no one on earth who does not share in the mercies and favors of Mary.  This the blessed Virgin herself revealed to St Bridget: "I am" she said to her, "the queen of heaven and the mother of mercy; I am the joy of the just; and the gate of entrance for sinners to God; neither is there living on earth a sinner who is so accursed that he is deprived of my compassion"

Holy Mary, pray for us.

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