In addition to the myriad of feast days honoring Our Lady in her many titles and virtues, the entire month of May is especially given to her praise. In the words of Pope Paul VI: May is "a month which the piety of the faithful has long dedicated to Mary, the Mother of God . . . 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."
Visit the Page entitled "Prayers for CUSANS" and choose Marian Prayers for a variety of ways to honor Mary, the Mother of God.
The name of this month is of doubtful origin. Ancient writers suggest it to be derived from Maia, the mother of Mercury; to whom the Romans were accustomed to sacrifice on the first day of the month. May-day is the name given to the first day of the month in England, when, in old days the people went out at dawn to welcome the advent of spring. May-queens and May-poles were once general throughout the country. The last may-pole erected in London was taken down in 1919. In the Roman Catholic Church, May is known as the month of Mary.
May 1: May Day
“Change not a clout till May is out.”
“Who doffs his coat on a winter’s day will gladly put it on in May.”
“Shear your sheep in May and shear them all away.”
“A cold May and a windy, A full barn will find ye.”
“Be it weal or be it woe, beans blow before May doth go.”