In the Mary, Mary Month of May
How is it May already? The school year is coming to an end and The Rock has had a great year. It's been so busy that I've been lax in updating our page. I'm so happy to know that we've had several new members to our group and average 5-6 students each week. On May 11, we will have our ice cream social to invite new members, those entering 6-8th grade.
This summer we will continue to be busy with Totus Tuus July 9-14 and joining the Oasis group the first Wednesday of the month for a social and to attend Adore.
Along with First Holy Communion, Confirmation, Mother's Day, graduations, and the Memorial Day holiday, May is also the month of Mary. So why do we celebrate Mary in May? Well, she's the mother of our Lord, Jesus Christ and Mother's Day is in May. Seems logical, but really it's because the month of May became the month of celebrating life and motherhood, long before Mother's Day was ever a thing.
There are many devotions to Mary that Catholics pray but the most common is the "May Crowning." It is a Catholic tradition to honor Mary, our Mother, during the month of May because May has brought special observances, traditions, and devotions to Mary which have lead her to be known as the "Queen of May."
In Revelation 12, Mary is described as “a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and crown of twelve stars on her head.” The “crown” mentioned in Scripture declares her role as queen, the honored mother of Christ the King. In fact, the Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary, “The Crowning of Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth,” helps us to remember this.
Therefore, we do not worship Mary but we want to honor her as the Mother of God. Another long-standing Catholic tradition is to pray the Rosary daily during the month of May. I encourage you to pray the Rosary daily with your families.