8 Ways to Celebrate the Blessed Mother in the Month of May

It is a long-standing tradition in the Catholic Church that the month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Mother. Having Mary as our Mother is a gift Jesus gave us as He was dying on the cross, when he said to John “son, behold your mother, and mother behold your son” (John 19: 26-17). Because Jesus gave us Mary to be our own mother, she is worthy of our love, delight and celebration!

The month of May is like an extended Mother’s Day. Just like how we honour our mothers on Mother’s Day for all of the amazing things they do for us, the Blessed Mother is a mother to all. She says to Juan Diego in her apparitions in Guadalupe, “I will give all my love, my compassion, my help and my protection to the people. I am your merciful Mother, the merciful mother of all of you who live united in this land, and of all mankind, of all those who love me, of those who cry to me, of those who seek me, of those who have confidence in me. Here I will hear their weeping, their sorrow, and will remedy and alleviate all their multiple sufferings, necessities and misfortunes.”  She does so much for us and to serve God and His kingdom. Just as our earthly mothers deserve to be honoured, our heavenly mother deserves to be honoured too! Here are 8 ways you can honour the Blessed Mother this month!

1) Consecrate yourself to Jesus, through Mary. (And if you’re already consecrated, re-consecrate yourself!)

This concept comes from St. Louis de Monfort, who was a game-changer when it comes to our relationship with and devotion to Mary! He says, when “we establish solid devotion to our Blessed Lady, it is only to establish more perfectly devotion to Jesus Christ, and to provide an easy and secure means for finding Jesus Christ.” Basically, the more we grow in our relationship with Mary, the more we grow in our relationship with Jesus. You can find out more information on Marian Consecration here!

2) Pray the Rosary every day this month! (AKA, give Mary a flower crown!)

The word Rosary means “Crown of Roses” and according to St. Louis de Monfort, every time we pray the Rosary we put a crown of roses on the head of Jesus and Mary! If you already do not have a daily devotion to the Rosary, this is a great time to start! There are fifteen promises that the Blessed Mother revealed to St. Domenic, that go to those who faithfully pray the Rosary. Some of these include the Blessed Mother’s special protection, the destruction of vice, and a decrease in sin. Pro Tip: When we pray the Rosary, we deepen our relationship with Mother Mary. It is helpful when we imagine ourselves in her presence. Just like how we deepen our relationship with a friend, we do this by spending time with them-by being in their presence (physically or virtually!). My favourite way to spend time with friends is going for coffee. I like to drink a cup of coffee with my daily Rosary, as if I am on a coffee date with Mary!

3) Memorize the Salve Regina

The Salve Regina prayer is the Hail Holy Queen prayer in Latin! This prayer is often chanted at the end of the Liturgy of the Hours.

4) Buy roses and put them in front of a statue or image of Mary in your home.

One of the most common symbols associated with Mary is roses. It is no surprise seeing bundles of roses placed by images and statues of the Blessed Mother in churches everywhere! If you have a statue or image of Mary in your home, you can show her some love by presenting her with some roses. Flowers are a beautiful reminder of God’s beauty and life.

5) Bake rose flavoured sugar cookies!!

Speaking of roses, why not bake some cookies in honour of this Queen, who is so often portrayed decked out in roses?! You can find rosewater at most grocery stores, usually in the international food aisle. It is inexpensive AND a little goes a long way! Find a recipe here, or simply Google “rose water cookies”!

6) Visit the Blessed Sacrament.

Everything Mother Mary does points to and guides us to Jesus. She yearns for our deeper conversion to Jesus. The more time we spend with Jesus, the more we bring joy to the Blessed Mother. Her life’s work is to bring us closer to Jesus, even from the moment she was conceived (shout out to the Immaculate Conception)! Spend some time this month in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. If you do not have access to a Eucharistic chapel, or your chapel is closed, you can sit in your car outside of a church! Jesus is still there in the tabernacle. He is just as physically present, but behind a wall.  You can also attend virtual adoration. (Find a virtual chapel here).

7) Wear a miraculous medal.

The Miraculous Medal began with an apparition to St. Catherine Laboure in the 1800s. The Blessed Mother promises that graces will abound to those who wear the miraculous medal with confidence!

8) Learn about an apparition or a Marian title that you are not so familiar with.

Mary has so many beautiful titles and she has appeared to people countless times (that are legit and have been approved by the Church)! Her apparitions are so fascinating, and her messages are something to take note of. It is also wild that in her apparitions she often looks like and dresses according to the culture of those she is appearing to! She truly is a mother to all! My personal favourites are Our Lady of Kibeho, Guadeloupe, Fatima, Stella Maris, and Undoer of Knots. 

I hope that you take one or some of these ways to celebrate Mary this month! As St. Maximillian Kolbe famously says, “never be afraid of loving Mary too much. No one loved her more than Jesus did.”