During the month of May, devotions to the Blessed Virgin Mary take place in many Catholic regions. There is no firm structure as to the content of a May devotion. It includes usually the singing of Marian anthems, readings from the Scriptures, a sermon, and/or a presentation by local choirs. The whole rosary is prayed separately and is usually not a part of a Marian devotion, although Hail Mary’s are included. The devotion, was promoted by the Jesuits and spread to Jesuit colleges and to the entire Latin Church and since that time it has been a regular feature of Catholic life. Marian devotions may be held within the family, around a “May Altar” consisting of a table with a Marian picture decorated with many May flowers. The family would then pray together the rosary. May devotions exist in the entire Latin church and since that time have been a regular feature of Catholic life.

Traditionally, the month of October is “rosary month” in the Catholic Church, when the faithful are encouraged to pray the rosary if possible. Since 1571, Mary, Queen of the Holy Rosary, is venerated on October 7. Pope Benedict XVI, following all his predecessors, also encourages the rosary during the month of October:

The month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary, the unique contemplative prayer through which, guided by the Lord’s Heavenly Mother, we fix our gaze on the face of the Redeemer in order to be conformed to his joyful, light-filled, sorrowful and glorious mysteries. This ancient prayer is having a providential revival, thanks also to the example and teaching of the beloved Pope John Paul II. I invite you to reread his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae and to put into practice its directions on the personal, family and community levels.

The most prominent Marian feast days in the General Roman Calendar are:

January 1: Mary, the Holy Mother of God
March 25: The Annunciation of the Lord (it may be either moved to the day before Palm Sunday should this date be on Holy Week; or to the Monday after the second Sunday of Easter if this date falls on either Friday or Saturday of Holy Week or during Easter Week.
May 31: The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
9 days after Corpus Christi – The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 15: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
August 22: The Queenship of Mary
September 8: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
September 15: Our Lady of Sorrows
October 7: Our Lady of the Rosary
November 21: The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 8: The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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