May, the Month of Our Lady, can be a wonderful time to grow in your relationship with Our Blessed Mother and thank her for all that she has done for you. Catholic author Marge Fenelon joined Morning Air® to share some ideas for celebrating Our Lady during the month devoted to her.
Make room for Mary in your house, and decorate a bit, just as you would for other special times of the year. Dedicate an area in your home to the Blessed Mother and put together a display or altar to honor Mary, perhaps with a statue or image of Our Lady and some flowers, candles, or other items. This is a place where you can go to pray and talk with Our Blessed Mother.
“I’m going to make the fresh flower pledge … make sure that there are fresh flowers for the Blessed Mother and give them to the Blessed Mother every day. You don’t need to bring in new flowers every day, and even if it’s a single stem,” says Fenelon. Go to Mary each day and offer her the flowers, just as a little child would give a flower to their mother. It’s a beautiful and humbling experience, and helps us to stay close to our Heavenly Mother.
“Everybody knows their standard Marian prayers, the ones that they’ve memorized, well how about learning a new one? I would personally like to have memorized the Litany of Loreto,” says Fenelon. She recommends learning “something new so you look at her in a different way from the way you have been looking at her.” The benefit of memorizing a prayer is you can say it “spontaneously, anywhere, anytime,” and it “puts us in unity with all of the other of Mary’s children.”
Try to make it to Mass on Saturday mornings in May, a day on which the liturgy is devoted the Blessed Virgin Mary. “It’s four or five Saturdays—can we do that?” asks Fenelon. “I’ve actually gone through the Missal and looked at the different readings and prayers for the Masses for the Blessed Virgin because they’re beautiful and they all bring out a different facet of the Blessed Mother.”