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Why is May the Month of The Blessed Virgin Mary?

Michael Page LLM















Traditionally May is Mary’s month, yes, a whole month, not just a day when particular devotions to her are encouraged. The idea of a month dedicated specifically to Mary can be traced back to medieval times and through many cultures.

I think that we could make space in our prayer lives to honour Mary as she is the perfect example of having faith in God’s promises. We should try to respond when God asks us to do something for him and have faith that it will all work out well in the end. Jesus showed the same level of trust and commitment and gave up his life when asked by his Father. Je-sus’ death pierced Mary’s heart but won for humanity a place in heaven. Mary was the only person in the human race deemed worthy to give birth to God’s son and that surely has to mark her out as a special person.



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

Despite the prominent position played by Mary in the gospel story the Anglican Church only honours her with a feast day once or twice during the year. We seem to be a bit cautious about honouring Mary in case we are seen as Roman or Orthodox Christians. Many would have us believe that the Anglican Church is deeply rooted in the Protestant faith, but that was never the intention of Henry the Eight. He was Catholic and he want-ed his church to be also – just not under the rule of the Pope. However Protestant reformers came along and changed all that and it was not until the Oxford Movement 1833 to 1841 (ish) that our church started to revisit its spiritual heritage and that ‘re-discovery’ informs our worship today in the form of vestments, candles, incense, liturgy and teaching on the importance of the sacraments; and indeed encouraged our devotion to Mary.