During this month of May, we honor Mary, the Mother of God, the Mother of the Church and the Queen of Heaven. She is our Mother and our Queen and, with Christians throughout the world, we honor her in a special way this month.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church says this about Mary: “Because of Mary’s singular cooperation with the action of the Holy Spirit, the Church loves to pray in communion with the Virgin Mary, to magnify with her the great things the Lord has done for her, and to entrust supplications and praises to her.” (2682)
The Youth Catechism of the Catholic Church (YOUCAT) adds: “Being the Mother of Jesus, Mary is also our Mother. Good mothers always stand up for their children. Certainly this Mother does. While still on earth she interceded with Jesus for others; for example, she protected the bride and groom in Cana from embarrassment. In the Upper Room on Pentecost, she prayed in the midst of the disciples. Because her love for us never ceases, we can be sure that she will plead for us in the two most important moments of our life: ‘now and at the hour of our death.’” (148)
We fly your patronage,
O Holy Mother of God,
despise not our petitions
in our necessities,
but deliver us from all danger,
O ever glorious and blessed Virgin.