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It’s odd that in the 5 years (off and on), that I’ve been doing this topic, I have always missed May, devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It’s the easiest one to find information for as there are entire books on Marian devotion for this teenage mother of Jesus. Did you know Mary was mentioned in the Bible fewer than 20 times?
There are several prayers you could pray that are considered Marian prayers. My two shorter favorites (other than the obvious Hail Mary) are the Memorare and the Angelus. The Angelus is typically prayed at 6am, noon, and 6pm. It’s a good start if you feel compelled to prayer similar to the Liturgy of the Hours but don’t have time for such rigorous prayer due to your station in life.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of
our death. Amen.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord: Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Hail Mary . . .
And the Word was made Flesh: And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary . . .
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.
Other Marian Prayers and Devotions
- The Rosary
- The Seven Dolors (Sorrows) of Mary — another Rosary-like devotion.
- Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary (via St. Louis de Montfort or 33 Days to Morning Glory)
Traditional Marian Activities
It’s funny how Mother’s Day was declared in May and how May is the month of devotion to Mary, everyone’s Mother. There are so many great Marian activities that its difficult to narrow it down to just a few.
While May Crowning NORMALLY takes place on May 1, it can be done any time in May. We were at the dentist on 5/1 so we will be doing it later this month. You can find good instructions at Mommy Erin or at Catholic Icing.
I’ve always wanted to do this but most Marian flowers require sun and that’s in short supply in my little city lot :(. The University of Dayton has great information about Mary Gardens and there is a quick and easy 7 steps to a Mary Garden article over at Catholic Mothers Online.
Marian Stepping Stone
No time or space for a good Marian garden either? Mommy Erin has a beautiful rosary stepping stone. I am totally going to do this one!
I did a similar tea party with my girls a few years ago. Here is a great Marian Tea Party post from Catholic Cuisine.
What are your favorite Mary related activities?