I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for my sheep.
John 10. 14-15
The church building may be closed but He is out there with you
The months of May and October are special months on the Catholic Church’s liturgical calendar, dedicated to the veneration of the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus.
May is the liturgical month of the Blessed Virgin Mary whose commemoration according to the Catholic Encyclopedia dates from the 17th century. That is when the custom of consecrating the month of May to the Blessed Virgin by special observances was first adopted.
When I was at school we used to write ‘May Verses’ which were displayed adjacent to the statue of Our Lady at the foot of the main stairs. I would like to suggest that people have a go at writing a May Verse and sending it in to the website – we can put a selection on the website and perhaps collect an anthology to put together in a booklet after the lockdown…
You may also want to follow an old tradition this month: making a May Altar.
A May Altar is a small surface in your home that is dedicated to honouring Our Blessed Mother during the month of May. It is a place for focusing Marian devotions and coming together with Our Lady in prayer.