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5 Ways to Honor Mary this May

5 Ways to Honor Mary this May

1) Learn More about why Catholics venerate Mary

Why does Mary have a special role in helping us?

As the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary has a unique position among the saints, indeed, among all creatures. She is exalted, yet still one of us.

Redeemed by reason of the merits of her Son and united to Him by a close and indissoluble tie, she is endowed with the high office and dignity of being the Mother of the Son of God, by which account she is also the beloved daughter of the Father and the temple of the Holy Spirit. Because of this gift of sublime grace she far surpasses all creatures, both in heaven and on earth. At the same time, however, because she belongs to the offspring of Adam she is one with all those who are to be saved.

Mary embraces God’s will and freely chooses to cooperate with God’s grace, thereby fulfilling a crucial role in God’s plan of salvation. Throughout the centuries, the Church has turned to the Blessed Virgin in order to come closer to Christ. Many forms of piety toward the Mother of God developed that help bring us closer to her Son. In these devotions to Mary, “while the Mother is honored, the Son, through whom all things have their being and in whom it has pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell, is rightly known, loved and glorified and . . . all His commands are observed.”33 The Church honors her as the Mother of God, looks to her as a model of perfect discipleship, and asks for her prayers to God on our behalf.

How does our veneration of Mary and the saints relate to our worship of God?

The honor we give to God alone is properly called adoration, the highest honor we can give. The honor we give to Mary and the saints is called veneration. Proper veneration of the saints does not interfere with the worship due to God, but rather fosters it. “Our communion with those in heaven, provided that it is understood in the fuller light of faith according to its genuine nature, in no way weakens, but conversely, more thoroughly enriches the latreutic worship we give to God the Father, through Christ, in the Spirit.” With this understanding, we see that proper veneration of Mary does not detract from worship of God. Even as the Mother of the Savior, Mary has a place that is in every way subordinate to and dependent upon that of her Son, who is the one mediator between God and humanity. The maternal role that Mary fulfills toward us as Mother of the Church “in no wise obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows His power.”

The Second Vatican Council explained very clearly that Mary can be said to fulfill a mediating role only in a secondary and derivative manner:

For no creature could ever be counted as equal with the Incarnate Word and Redeemer. Just as the priesthood of Christ is shared in various ways both by the ministers and by the faithful, and as the one goodness of God is really communicated in different ways to His creatures, so also the unique mediation of the Redeemer does not exclude but rather gives rise to a manifold cooperation which is but a sharing in this one source.

What Mary does for the salvation of the human family does not come from her own power, but from a gift of divine grace that is bestowed on her through her Son. All the salvific influence that she bestows on us is produced “not from some inner necessity, but from the divine pleasure. It flows forth from the superabundance of the merits of Christ, rests on His mediation, depends entirely on it and draws all its power from it.”38 Mary in no way replaces Christ. Rather, her role is to bring us to Christ, as is illustrated in Mary’s admonition at the wedding feast of Cana, “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5).

2) Participate in a May Crowning at your parish

The rite of crowning an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary can take place either within Mass or outside of Mass. The official rite provides text for either event. The rite is best celebrated on a Marian solemnity or feast, but should never happen on a solemnity of Our Lord or on a penitential day (so, not during Lent). The crowning is not technically restricted to the month of May. If it is planned for within Mass, it takes places after the homily.

3) Pray the Rosary and other Marian prayers

Marian Prayers

  • Rosary
    The Rosary, or Psalter of the Blessed Virgin Mary, is one of the most excellent prayers to the Mother of God. Thus, “the Roman Pontiffs have repeatedly exhorted the faithful to the frequent recitation of this biblically inspired prayer which is centered on contemplation of the salvific events of Christ’s life, and their close association with the his Virgin Mother. The value and efficacy of this prayer have often been attested by saintly Bishops and those advanced in holiness of life”.The Rosary is essentially a contemplative prayer, which requires “tranquillity of rhythm or even a mental lingering which encourages the faithful to meditate on the mysteries of the Lord’s life”. Its use is expressly recommended in the formation and spiritual life of clerics and religious.
  • Regina Coeli
    By disposition of Benedict XIV (2 April 1742), the Angelus is replaced with the antiphon Regina Coeli during paschaltide. This antiphon, probably dating from the tenth or eleventh century, happily conjoins the mystery of the Incarnation of the Word (quem meruisti portare) with the Paschal event (resurrexit sicut dixit). The ecclesial community addresses this antiphon to Mary for the Resurrection of her Son. It adverts to, and depends on, the invitation to joy addressed by Gabriel to the Lord’s humble servant who was called to become the Mother of the saving Messiah (Ave, gratia plena).
     
  • Litany of Loreto
    Litanies are to be found among the prayers to the Blessed Virgin recommended by the Magisterium. These consist in a long series of invocations of Our Lady, which follow in a uniform rhythm, thereby creating a stream of prayer characterized by insistent praise and supplication. The invocations, generally very short, have two parts: the first of praise (Virgo clemens), the other of supplication (Ora pro nobis). [Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy]

Marian Devotions

  • Our Lady of Guadalupe – Patroness of the Americas and of the Unborn
  • Our Lady, Undoer of Knots – a popular devotion of Pope Francis
  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel – a devotion directed towards the interior life

4) Sing Marian Hymns in your home

“Bring Flowers to the Fairest”

“Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above”

5) Plant a Mary Garden (with Texas native, drought-resistant plants!)

A fun way to honor Mary is to plant a garden with flowers and herbs that have been thought to symbolize Mary and her life. Mary Gardens date back all the way to the 7th Century. There are hundreds of plants that are associated with Mary that can be included in your garden

Is Mary the mother of the world?

Is Mary the mother of the world?

Glory to Jesus; Honour to Mary and Joseph

The question of whether Mary is the Mother of the world should not be mentioned. Mary is a woman everybody should hold with esteem. She begot the Son of God, Jesus. We shall be hinting us on the reasons why mary is the mother of the world.

The following reasons indicate that She merited that honour:

  1. Mary is the mother of Jesus; God Son
  2. When she visited Elizabeth,the mother of John the Baptist, she acclaimed that ” all generation shall call her blessed”
  3. on the foot of the cross, Jesus gave His mother to John the Beloved,”Son behold thy mother and mother behold thy Son”
  4. Mary became Queen of the whole universe following her assumption

Who is God’s mother?

The mother of God must be someone who mother the God’s Son, Jesus. If Jesus is God, then the mother of Jesus is the mother of God. Many argue that Mary is the mother of Jesus but not mother of God. Jesus is both God and Man. She is claimed to have miraculously appeared to believers many times over the centuries. The Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican, and Lutheran churches believe that Mary, as mother of Jesus, is the Mother of God (Greek: Θεοτόκος, translit. Theotokos, lit. ‘God-bearer’

Mary visited Elizabeth

Mary visits her relative Elizabeth; they are both pregnant: Mary with Jesus, and Elizabeth with John the Baptist. Mary left Nazareth immediately after the Annunciation and went “into the hill country…into a city of Judah” (Luke 1:39) to attend to her cousin (Luke 1:36) Elizabeth.

As soon as her greetings reaches her hear (Elizabeth), the child in the womb of Elizabeth leaped for Joy. This Prompted Elizabeth to Say:

Who am I that the mother of my Lord should visit me, for as soon as the your greeting reaches my hear, my child rejoice. And Mary replied, ” ……. All Generation shall call me Blessed.”

Jesus Gave his Mother to us

At the foot of the cross, Jesus gave us His Mother when he said:

‘Son, behold thy mother and Mother, behold thy Son.

At this point Mary, mother of Jesus adopted John and the rest of the world as her children and the acceptance by John means that all of us have accepted her too.