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Most holy Mary

This is the image of the Queen
Who reigns in bliss above;
Of her who is the hope of all,
Whom we and angels love!
Most holy Mary!

- May crowning hymn

Do you practise any special devotions for Mary in May?

Ecce Mater tua

Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers and to the greatest of them all, Mary Most Holy.

Little altar

If you are not able to assist at the public services or devotions in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary in your own church, erect a little altar to Mary in your house, and adorn her picture, or statue, with flowers, and there, every day, either alone or with others of your household, meditate upon her virtues, and implore her powerful intercession.

- Instructions for May devotions (source)

A May crowning in a Catholic high school in Ohio, 1969.

A May crowning in a Catholic high school in Ohio, 1969.

(Source: flickr.com)

Maria SS. del Mese di MaggioThe statue of Our Lady of the Month of May in the Sicilian town of Misilmeri.

Maria SS. del Mese di Maggio

The statue of Our Lady of the Month of May in the Sicilian town of Misilmeri.

Queen

O Mary, we crown you with blossoms today, Queen of the Angels, Queen of the May.

- May crowning hymn

May

May is the month of promise; and is not this the very aspect in which we most suitably regard the Blessed Virgin, Holy Mary, to whom this month is dedicated?

- Bl John Henry Newman

Queen

Bring flowers of the rarest,
bring flowers of the fairest
From garden and woodland
and hillside and vale;
Our full hearts are swelling,
our glad voices telling
The praise of the loveliest
Rose of the vale.

Oh Mary, we crown you
with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels,
Queen of the May.

Zoete Moeder
The statue of the Sweet Mother in Den Bosch, the Netherlands.During the month of May thousands of pilgrims visit the city’s medieval cathedral basilica of St. John to venerated the ancient statue.

Zoete Moeder

The statue of the Sweet Mother in Den Bosch, the Netherlands.

During the month of May thousands of pilgrims visit the city’s medieval cathedral basilica of St. John to venerated the ancient statue.

(Source: zoetelievevrouw.nl)

May devotions in honour of Mary in a Catholic church in Canada in the 1950s.

May devotions in honour of Mary in a Catholic church in Canada in the 1950s.

(Source: stanthonyparish.ca)

Gaudia Virginis Mariae by Marc-Antoine Charpentier

This French baroque piece consists of seven verses. Each of them opens with the word ‘gaude’ (rejoice) and celebrates one of the traditional seven joys of Mary.

An appropriate song for the month of May, dedicated to Mary!

A 19th century French print of women performing May devotions before a Marian altar.

A 19th century French print of women performing May devotions before a Marian altar.

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