Our Lovely Queen of May!

Most Catholics know that the month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Perhaps your parish holds a May Crowning, a lovely ceremony where children—usually young girls—adorn a statue of Mary with a wreath of flowers while the congregation sings a Marian hymn. And of course the greatest Marian apparition of modern times, that of Fatima, occurred of May 13, the Feast of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.

The origin of May’s association with Mary is obscure. In the…

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