May: Month of Mary

Flores de Mayo 

(Spanish for “flowers of May”) is a festival that originated in the Philippines. It is one of the devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary and continues for the entire year. This lovely photo of Rita and Tony Barber was taken when this event was celebrated here in Truro a few years ago – thanks to Ginny for the photo.

Pope opens Marathon of Prayer with Rosary

This month sees a Marathon of Prayer, when each day the Rosary is said in a different Marian shrine. 31 Marian Shrines around the world will take part in this Marathon. 

“At the beginning of this month dedicated to Our Lady,” the Holy Father said at the launch, “We join together in prayer with all the sanctuaries spread throughout the whole world, with the faithful, and with all persons of good will, to entrust into the hands of our Holy Mother the whole human race, sorely tried by this period of pandemic.” At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Holy Father blessed special Rosaries which will be sent to the shrines taking part.

All the faithful during the month of May unite in the recitation of the Holy Rosary to ask for the end of the pandemic and the resumption of social and work activities. Details on the Vatican website here.

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