May is the calendar month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. This is a special time of devotion to Mother Mary, as there is the May Crowning, the Feast Day, on May 13, of Our Lady of Fatima, and many people pray the Rosary. This article provides a look at the Catholic viewpoint on our Blessed Mother Mary and some of the devotions related to it.
Many people do not understand the devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary or where she fits into our spiritual life. Mother Mary is the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, and as such, she is given to us as our Mother. This was according to 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat, by Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, “Seeing her standing at the foot of the Cross next to his beloved disciple, John, he says,’Woman, behold, your son.’ Then, to John, ‘Behold, your mother’ ((Jn 19:26-27)). With these words, Jesus gives Mary as Mother to every single individual and all mankind,'” (2011, p. 98, Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception). This gives Mary to us as our spiritual Mother and she becomes a mediator for us to God. She helps to lead us to Divine Mercy, through our prayers and devotion to her.
According to Catechism of the Catholic Church, #487, “What the Catholic faith believes about Mary is based on what it believes about Christ, and what it teaches about Mary illumines in turn its faith in Christ,” (1994, p. 122, United States Catholic Conference, Inc.). It goes on further to say, #969, “Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix,” (1994, p. 252, United States Catholic Conference, Inc.). Therefore, our Blessed Virgin Mary is given to us to help us along our spiritual journey and to strengthen our faith in God.
Some of the prayers to Mary include Hail Mary, The Memorare, Hail, Holy Queen, The Angelus, Alma Redemptoris. These prayers may be found on the Internet at www.catholic.org; click on Prayers, then Marian (Mary) Prayers. This will bring up a very long list of prayers to our Mother Mary. The Rosary is a devotion to Mary which provides us with a “complete way to prayer that includes the three forms of prayer: vocal prayer, meditation, and even contemplation,” (Gaitley, 2011, p. 149, Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception). The Rosary provides us with The Sign of the Cross, The Apostle’s Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Fatima Prayer, and Hail, Holy Queen, along with The Joyful Mysteries, The Luminous Mysteries, The Sorrowful Mysteries, and The Glorious Mysteries. The Rosary, through each prayer and the various mysteries, covers the entire life of Jesus. This helps us to remember what the life and death of Jesus means to us. With His Resurrection, the faithful are granted everlasting salvation.
May the blessings of our Lord Jesus Christ be with each of us today and everyday.