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From the Pastor's Desk - Month of Mary

MAY CROWNING OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

by REV. FR. ALLEN BACLOR ABADINES

 

The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is most fitting indeed for May is the month when we celebrate several Marian Feast Days : Our Lady, Queen of Apostles is celebrated on Saturday following the Ascension; Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament (May 13); Our Lady of Fatima (May 13); Mary, Help of Christians (May 24); Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces (May 31); and the Visitation (May 31).Part of our month of May tradition is the crowning of flowers of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It’s a beautiful tradition during a month when flowers are in bloom. As the mother of our Lord we regard Mary as our queen. Crowning Mary with flowers, therefore, is such a beautiful way to honor our Queen. Month of May Tradition recognizes Mary as the Queen of Heaven and Earth.We sing the Salve Regina (Latin for “Hail Queen”).

Revelation 12:1 “A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.” We adorn with flowers the statue of Mary as a gesture of respect and love to a Mother of our Lord and Saviour. For Mary is our Mother too.

“Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your Son.”
Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother.”
And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.”
(John 19:25-27)

And because Mary is our Mother too , we are confident that she will intercede for us to her Son. Mary is such a beautiful way to the heart of Jesus. We offer Mary an utmost reverence as a sign of our gratitude for through her our Lord and Saviour was brought to you and me. We are saved! Our observance of Marian Festivities makes more sense when we receive Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist , when we contemplate God’s word in the Scriptures, when reflect on God’s saving act as we pray the Rosary and when we imitate the love of Jesus in our lives. I will forever sing a hymn of praise and thanksgiving:

HAIL, HOLY QUEEN
(Traditional Hymn)

Hail, Holy Queen enthroned above, O Maria!
Hail, Mother of mercy and of love, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

Our life, our sweetness here below, O Maria!
Our hope in sorrow and in woe, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

To thee do we cry, poor sons of Eve, O Maria!
To thee we sigh, we mourn, we grieve, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

Turn, then, most gracious Advocate, O Maria!
Towards us thine eyes compassionate, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina! O Maria!

When this our exile is complete, O Maria!
Show us thy Son, our Jesus sweet, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!

O clement, gracious Mother sweet, O Maria!
O virgin Mary we entreat, O Maria!
Triumph all ye cherubim!
Sing with us ye seraphim!
Heaven and earth resound the hymn!
Salve, salve, salve, Regina!