The happy birds Te Deum sing,

‘Tis Mary’s month of May;

These are the first lines of a great hymn in honour or Mary reminding us that May is a month where we traditional offer our devotions to her as Mother of our Lord.

Many people remain uncomfortable with Marion devotions, but they have been a key feature of Christian worship since the beginning. Mary gives a foundation to Christ, a place in the story of human history; she gives him flesh. We call him brother, and he gives us his own mother on the cross, acknowledging our place in his family.

In drawing close to the first of Christ’s disciples, we draw close to her son. We see him with the eyes, and love him with the heart, of a mother.

Another verse from the same hymn reads:

To love the Mother, people say,
Is to defraud the Son.
For them, alas, there dawns no May,
Until their hearts are won:
Then, when their hearts begin to burn.
Ah, then, to Jesus true,
And loving whom he loves, they learn
To love Saint Mary too.

This May why don’t you do draw close to Our Lady, and seek to imitate her love for the Son in your life. She gave us the special set of prayers we call the Rosary. A repetitive meditation that helps us draw close to the events of Jesus life. Bishop Jonathan Baker (bishop of Fullham) offers this resource to those who are learning to pray these ancient prayers for the first time.

As many you will know, I belong to a priestly fraternity that seeks to imitate the virtues of Mary in fulfilling our vocation as priests. I would ask you to hold the Sodality of Mary, Mother of Priests (SMMS), in your prayers this May. Pray particularly for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, and an increase in holiness in those priests. Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death Amen
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