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MAY – A MONTH OF MARY

MAY – A MONTH OF MARY

From Paul VI: Encylical on the Month of May:

“May is the ‘month which the piety of the faithful has especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady,’ and it is the occasion for a ‘moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every part of the world [pay] to the Queen of Heaven.

During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration. In this month, too, the benefits of God’s mercy come down to us from her throne in greater abundance.”

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MAY, THE MONTH OF MARY

MAY, THE MONTH OF MARY

“MARY, PLEASE CULTIVATE THE FLOWER OF MY HEART”
“The month of Mary is the month of A PROFOUND REFORM OF THE HEART: we must leave ourselves and adorn ourselves with every virtue and every spiritual good.

In the springtime plants are reborn to a new life; they are adorned with flowers full of perfume and attractive. My soul also needs to reflower in order to be full of virtue and peace!

In your Heart, O Mary, I will reflower as a lily because you are purity. In your love my coldness will be transformed into warmth because you are full of the flames of divine charity. In your hands I will find refuge because you are the Mother of mercy!

O Mary, O Mary, cast the glance of your goodness upon me! Even I am a little flower of heaven’s field… Cultivate me and speak to me, O Mary, because by your word I will draw life and love.

MARY: O my daughter [O my son], your mother is always ready to cultivate you provided that you treat me as a mother and not as a stranger. How many times you’ve been afraid of me, even while knowing that I am all loving! How many times have you virtually fled from me, so slack has your devotion been. Come to my heart and let it be a school of virtue for you since God himself has made me great for your good. Follow me faithfully, even if your soul feels arid and without any fervour. Confide your pains to me. Turn toward me because in this month I have so many treasures of grace to dispense and I give them to those who turn to my motherly heart with trust.

THE SOUL: O my good Mama, don’t you see what an ugly flower I am? I’m a withered flower, almost without leaves and without life… Help me! I entrust my soul to you that you might cultivate it and heal it… The bells of your temple are ringing for the feast, Mary, yet I groan with sluggishness. Your throne is rich with flowers, and my heart, which ought to be your throne, is so poor and devoid of everything!

O my Mother, while the plaintive harmony of these bells dissipates in the air, the groan of my poor heart reaches your Heart and moves it to have pity on me! I need grace because I am so miserable: ‘Maria mater gratiae, mater misericordiae tu nos ab hoste protege et mortis hora suscipe’ (Mary, mother of grace, mother of mercy, protect us from the evil one and receive us at the hour of death).”
– Don Dolindo Ruololo
• 1st MAY: ASPIRATION: O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.
• LITTLE WORK: Accept with patience and calm the rudeness which comes your way.
• 5 MYSTERIES OF THE ROSARY.

 
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BRING FLOWERS OF THE RAREST (HYMN)

Bring flowers of the rarest,
bring blossoms the fairest,
from garden and woodland and hillside and dale;
our full hearts are swelling,
our glad voices telling
the praise of the loveliest flower of the vale.

O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May. (2)

Their lady they name thee,
their mistress proclaim thee.
Oh, grant that thy children on earth be as true
as long as the bowers
are radiant with flowers,
as long as the azure shall keep its bright hue.

Sing gaily in chorus,
the bright angels o’er us
re-echo the strains we begin upon earth;
their harps are repeating
the notes of our greeting,
for Mary herself is the cause of our mirth.
– Author unknown

 

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YEAR OF FAITH: DATES OF THE MAJOR PILGRIMAGES TO THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF OUR LADY – WALSINGHAM

ROMAN CATHOLIC NATIONAL SHRINE OF OUR LADY – WALSINGHAM

MARY, WOMAN OF FAITH

“The Year of Faith…is a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the Saviour of the world. Let us entrust this time of grace to the Mother of God, proclaimed ‘Blessed because she believed’ [Luke 1:45]” – Pope Benedict XVI Apostolic Letter, Porta Fidei, 2011.

If you would like to bring a Day Pilgrimage to the Shrine, please contact us so we can advise you about dates, let you know the specific programme for the day, offer travel advice and, most importantly, welcome your Group at Mass. Telephone 01328 820217 or email pilcoord@walsingham.org.uk for information.

To navigate your way to the Shrine, please use the Postcode NR22 6AS and follow the road signs from there.
RC National Shrine, Pilgrim Bureau, Friday Market Place, Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6DB

MARCH
THE EASTER TRIDUUM
• 28 Maundy Thursday – 8pm: Mass and Procession to Altar of Repose
• 29 Good Friday – 3pm: The Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion. Student Cross arrive
• 30 Holy Saturday – 9pm: Easter Vigil
• 31 Easter Sunday
APRIL
• 7 Divine Mercy Pilgrimage
• 8 Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord
• 23 Solemnity of St George, Patron of England
MAY
• 4 Diocese of Salford
• 5 Tamil Pilgrimage
• 6 Diocese of East Anglia
• 11 Archdiocese of Birmingham
• 11 (also) *Walsingham Mass at Northampton Cathedral*
• 12 Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord
• 12 (also) Dominican Pilgrimage
• 18 Pilgrimage for the Deaf
• 19 Solemnity of Pentecost
• 19 (also) Diocese of East Anglia Adult Confirmation Mass
• 25 Diocese of Brentwood
• 25-27 National Association of Catholic Families
• 26 Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
• 26 (also) “A Day with Mary”
• 28 East Anglian Children’s Pilgrimage
• 31 The Visitation of the BVM
JUNE
• 1 National Divine Mercy Pilgrimage
• 2 Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
• 6 Diocese of Nottingham Schools Pilgrimage
• 7 Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
• 8 Immaculate Heart of Mary
• 8 (also) Diocese of Northampton
• 9 Catenian Pilgrimage
• 15 Vocations Pilgrimage
• 16 Diocese of Nottingham
• 22 Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham Pilgrimage
• 24 Solemnity of the Birth of St John the Baptist
• 30 Solemnity of SS Peter and Paul
• 30 (also) Caribbean Pilgrimage
JULY
• 2 Union of Catholic Mothers’ Pilgrimage – 11.30am Mass
• 4 Diocese of Northampton Schools Pilgrimage
• 6 Marist Pilgrimage
• 7 SVP Pilgrimage for the Sick
• 13 Pilgrimage of Reparation and Consecration
• 14 Tamil Pilgrimage – No Pilgrim Mass today
• 20 Diocese of Hallam
• 21 Syro-Malabar Pilgrimage
• 28 Grandparent’s Pilgrimage
AUGUST
• 3 St Patrick’s Missionary Society
• 5-10 New Dawn Conference
• 6 Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord
• 14 Ecumenical Vigil Procession through the village
• 15 Solemnity of the Assumption of the BVM
• 22-26 Youth 2000
• 24 Tyneside Pilgrimage
• 25 Latin Mass Society
• 26 Our Lady, Queen of Peace Pilgrimage
SEPTEMBER
• 7 Archconfraternity of St Stephen Pilgrimage
• 8 The Birthday of the BVM
• 8 (also) The Dowry of Mary Pilgrimage – 12 noon Mass
• 12 Holy Name of Mary
• 13-15 Order of Malta
• 22 Pro-life Pilgrimage
• 24 Solemnity of Our Lady of Walsingham
• 28 Diocese of Leeds
OCTOBER
• 5 Faith and Light Pilgrimage
• 5/6 Diocese of Middlesbrough
• 7 Our Lady of the Rosary
• 27 Jesus Youth UK

From Easter to October – open daily (as above) from 8.00am to 7.00pm. 12 noon Mass daily (except Christmas Day and as above on days of major pilgrimage).

From November 2013 to Easter 2014 open daily from 8.30am to dusk – see website for more details: http://www.walsingham.org.uk (external link). Our accommodation is open now until 19 December – telephone or email above for details (telephone Julian on 01328 820217 to enquire.)

 

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READ YOUR BIBLE THROUGH IN A YEAR! PART 5 OF 12 / MAY

DATE MORNING EVENING
1. Luke 21:20-38; I Kings 10,11
2. Luke 22:1-20; I Kings 12,13
3. Luke 22:21-46; I Kings 14,15
4. Luke 22:47-71; I Kings 16,17,18
5. Luke 23:1-25; I Kings 19,20
6. Luke 23:26-55; I Kings 21,22
7. Luke 24:1-35; II Kings 1,2,3
8. Luke 24:36-53; II Kings 4,5,6
9. John 1:1-28; II Kings 7,8,9
10. John 1:29-51; II Kings 10,11,12
11. John 2; II Kings 13,14
12. John 3:1-18; II Kings 15,16
13. John 3:19-36; II Kings 17,18
14. John 4:1-30; II Kings 19,20,21
15. John 4:31-54; II Kings 22,23
16. John 5:1-24; II Kings 24,25
17. John 5:25-47; I Chronicles 1,2,3
18. John 6:1-21; I Chronicles 4,5,6
19. John 6:22-44; I Chronicles 7,8,9
20. John 6:45-71; I Chronicles 10,11,12
21. John 7:1-27; I Chronicles 13,14,15
22. John 7:18-53; I Chronicles 16,17,18
23. John 8:1-27; I Chronicles 19,20,21
24. John 8:28-59; I Chronicles 22,23,24
25. John 9:1-23; I Chronicles 25,26,27
26. John 9:24-41; I Chronicles 28,29
27. John 10:1-23; II Chronicles 1,2,3
28. John 10:24-42; II Chronicles 4,5,6
29. John 11:1-29; II Chronicles 7,8,9
30. John 11:30-57; II Chronicles 10,11,12
31. John 12:1-26; II Chronicles 13,14

 
 

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