MAY, THE MONTH OF MARY

Prayers and Resources honoring Mary for the Month of May


St. Giles Choir – From Our Homes to Yours! – Ave Maria by Caccini


Enjoy the voices of the St. Giles Adult Choir singing individually from their homes and blended into unison by Liturgy & Music Director Sue Kaszynski


Devotion to the Seven Sorrows of Mary


The Blessed Virgin Mary grants seven graces to the souls who honor her daily by saying seven Hail Mary’s and meditating on her tears and dolors (sorrows). The devotion was passed on by St. Bridget.

HERE ARE THE SEVEN GRACES:

  1. I will grant peace to their families.
  2. They will be enlightened about the divine mysteries.
  3. I will console them in their pains and I will accompany them in their work.
  4. I will give them as much as they ask for as long as it does not oppose the adorable will of my divine Son or the sanctification of their souls.
  5. I will defend them in their spiritual battles with the infernal enemy and I will protect them at every instant of their lives.
  6. I will visibly help them at the moment of their death, they will see the face of their Mother.
  7. I have obtained from my divine Son, that those who propagate this devotion to my tears and dolors, will be taken directly from this earthly life to eternal happiness since all their sins will be forgiven and my Son and I will be their eternal consolation and joy.

SEVEN SORROWS

  1. The prophecy of Simeon. (St. Luke 2:34, 35)
  2. The flight into Egypt. (St. Matthew 2:13, 14)
  3. The loss of the Child Jesus in the temple. (St. Luke 2: 43-45)
  4. The meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross.
  5. The Crucifixion.
  6. The taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross.
  7. The burial of Jesus.

The Angelus


Throughout May, we are lifting up prayers that remind us of the great faith of Mary. While the Rosary might be very familiar, the Angelus is a brief prayer that calls to mind Mary’s faith as well as the power of the Trinity which can be prayed several times a day.

See this link for a brief description of the Angelus and the text of the prayer – https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/the-angelus.html


Prayers and Resources – May 22, 2020


Recommended Reading – Here are two books on Mary that may inspire even deeper devotion:

  • 33 Days to Morning Glory, a Do it Yourself Retreat by Michael Gaitley
  • True Devotion to Mary by Saint Lous De Monfort

Prayers and Resources – May 13, 2020


  • Celebrating Mary in the Month of May – A Resource for the Domestic Church – CLICK FOR PDF DOCUMENT
    Source from McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame

Prayers and Resources – May 8, 2020


  • Mother’s Day Prayer to Mary

Mary, on this day when we honor all mothers, we turn to you. We thank the Lord whom you serve for the great gift of motherhood. Never has it been known that anyone who sought your intercession was left unaided by grace. Dear Mother, thank you for your “Yes” to the invitation of the angel which brought heaven to earth and changed human history. You opened yourself to God’s word and the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.

Dear mother, intercede for all of our mothers. Ask your Divine Son to give them the grace of surrendered love so that they could join with you in giving their own “Fiat.” May they find daily strength to say yes to the call to the sacrificial love- the very heart of the vocation of motherhood. May their love and witness be a source of great inspiration for all of us called to follow your Son.

On this Mothers day, Mother of the Word Incarnate, pray for us who have recourse to you…

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

– From Catholic Online


Prayers and Resources – May 1, 2020


  • Letter Of His Holiness Pope Francis To The Faithful For The Month Of May 2020 – CLICK TO WEBSITE
  • First Prayer to Our Lady by Pope Francis

O Mary, You shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the foot of the cross, were united with Jesus’ suffering, and persevered in your faith.

“Protectress of the Roman people”, you know our needs, and we know that you will provide, so that, as at Cana in Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us. For he took upon himself our suffering, and burdened himself with our sorrows to bring us, through the cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God; Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.