May, the Month of Mary

The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The first 20 days of May fall within the liturgical season of Easter, which is represented by the liturgical color white — the color of light, a symbol of joy, purity and innocence (absolute or restored). The remainder of the month (beginning the Monday after Pentecost, May 14) is in Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green — the color of a sprouting seed, arousing in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, and especially the hope of a glorious resurrection.

Prayer of Consecration to Mary

Mary, give me your heart: so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate; your Heart so full of love and humility that I May be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life and love Him as you love Him and serve Him in the distressing guise of the poor.”

The Holy Father’s Intentions for May

Evangelization, the mission of the laity. That the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission by responding with creativity to the challenges that face the world today.

Feasts & Solemnities

May 3 is the Feast of Saints Philip and James. Today’s Mass tells us that the example of the Apostles is the most certain and direct path to heaven. They suffered and were persecuted, but they placed their confidence in God, and now they rejoice in heaven. We, too, must have confidence in God and not be troubled in our adversities. In our Father’s house, there are many mansions, and if we follow the way indicated by Him, Christ will come at the end of our lives and take us to Himself.

Sunday, May 13, is the Ascension of the Lord, a solemnity. At the end of His earthly life, Jesus ascends triumphantly into heaven. The Church acclaims Him in His holy humanity, invited to sit on the Father’s right hand and to share His glory. But Christ’s Ascension is the pledge of our own. Filled with an immense hope, the Church looks up toward her leader, who precedes her into the heavenly home and takes her with Him in His own person.

May 20 is Pentecost Sunday, a solemnity that ranks among the great feasts of Christianity, along with Easter and Christmas. It marks the end of Eastertide and commemorates not only the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and Disciples, but also the fruits and effects of that event: the completion of the work of redemption, the fullness of grace for the Church and its children, and the gift of faith for all nations.

May 27 is Trinity Sunday, a solemnity. The fundamental dogma, on which everything in Christianity is based, is that of the Blessed Trinity in whose name all Christians are baptized. The feast of the Blessed Trinity needs to be understood and celebrated as a prolongation of the mysteries of Christ and as the solemn expression of our faith in this triune life of the Divine Persons, to which we have been given access by Baptism and by the Redemption won for us by Christ. Only in heaven shall we properly understand what it means, in union with Christ, to share as sons in the very life of God.

Thursday, May 31, is the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which recalls to us the following great truths and events: The visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth shortly after the Annunciation; the cleansing of John the Baptist from original sin in the womb of his mother at the words of Our Lady’s greeting; Elizabeth’s proclaiming of Mary—under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost—as Mother of God and “blessed among women”; and Mary’s singing of the sublime hymn, Magnificat, which has become a part of the daily official prayer of the Church.

My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me, and holy is His name” (Luke 1:46).