Friday, April 29, 2016

Getting Ready for May

May: A Time of Abundant Gifts

In the Encyclical of Pope Paul VI (Mense Maio) on prayers during May he so beautifully describes how the month of May is a time “long dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God. Our heart rejoices at the thought of the moving tribute of faith and love which will soon be paid to the Queen of Heaven in every corner of the earth. For this is the month during which Christians, in their churches and their homes, offer the Virgin Mother more fervent and loving acts of homage and veneration; and it is the month in which a greater abundance of God's merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother's throne."

Yet, in this month in which we are told of the abundance of gifts available to us there is also an urge to return such mercy with gifts of our own offered up to a Mother who loves us.  We should not worry about this special focus on Mary.  Pope Paul VI explains,  "Since Mary is rightly to be regarded as the way by which we are led to Christ, the person who encounters Mary cannot help but encounter Christ likewise. For what other reason do we continually turn to Mary except to seek the Christ in her arms, to seek our Savior in her, through her, and with her?" (Mense Maio)
Here are some ideas to help make May extra special:
1) Hold a May Crowning before a Children's Rosary in May.  
Step by Step instructions are available HERE on how to plan it!
2) Invite the children to make Mother's Day cards for Our Blessed Mother to bring to their Children's Rosary in May.  As you see above in the picture, the children placed handmade cards before Our Lady as they prayed the Rosary.
3) Ask permission from your Pastor to have the children give out Rosaries after weekend Masses one weekend in May.  Free Rosaries can be obtained from Holy Cross Family Ministries (payment for postage is required). 

As we enter into May, I humbly ask for special prayers for all those who have been preparing to hold their first Children's Rosary group during this special month dedicated to Our Blessed Mother.  I also ask for prayers for all the existing groups that Our Lord will bless them and assist them in their efforts to bring children together in prayer of the Rosary. 

Other Posts You May Enjoy:
How to Start a Children's Rosary 
EWTN Interview about the Children's Rosary
"With These Beads We are Building a World of Peace and Love"

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