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Marian Devotion

It is Mary’s month in the Season of Easter and all of nature rejoices with the Queen of heaven at the Resurrection of the Son she was worthy to bear. As spring blossoms and new life sprouts, we spend this month full of joy and hope with Mary in anticipation of the coming of the Holy Spirit, our Advocate and Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


Pentecost, the birth of the Church, is also among the celebrations of May. Though sprung from the side of Christ on the Cross, the Church marks as her birthday the descent of the Holy Spirit on Mary and the Apostles. At the 'birth' of the world, the Holy Spirit — the Breath of God — was the "mighty wind [that] swept over the waters" (Gen 1:2); at the birth of Jesus, the Holy Spirit was the power of the Most High that overshadowed Mary; at the birth of the Church the Holy Spirit was present again "like the rush of a mighty wind" to recreate the world in the image of Christ through His Church (Acts 2:2). We, the members of Christ’s Mystical Body, are the present-day disciples sent by the Holy Spirit to bring Christ to the world. May we go forth as did Mary, who set out in haste to assist St. Elizabeth (feast of the Visitation, May 31).


As we reflect on the life and faith of Mary during this month, let us make special devotions in her honour. These devotions should include recitation of the Holy Rosary, the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Talks on Mary and visits to the shrines and grottos of our Lady, amongst other pious activities. We pray for a fresh outpouring of the self-same Spirit upon us. It is our prayer that Mary, daughter of the Father, mother of the Son and bride of the Spirit will continue to intercede for us all.

 


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