Sixth Sunday of Easter - Year B - 6th May, 2018

May - the Month of Mary

Every time Pope Francis returns from a trip to a different part of the world, he visits the Church of our Lady in Rome, to thank her. May is traditionally the Month of Mary. So on your PC or laptop or Iphone etc, look up what information they give on Devotion to Mary Here I copied out the different references you can get via Google, to whet your interest.

Marian devotions - Wikipedia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian_devotions:

 A Marian devotion in Christianity is directed to the person of Mary, mother of Jesus consisting of external pious practices expressed by the believer. Such devotional prayers or acts may be accompanied by specific requests for Mary's intercession with God. There are many Marian devotions, ranging from day prayers to Novenas.

Marian_devotions and how can they enrich your faith?

https://www.catholicherald.com/News/Local_News/

What_are_Marian_devotions_and_how_can_they_enrich_your_faith/ May 11, 2016

One way to do this is through Marian devotions, or acts of prayer. The most familiar Marian devotion is the rosary, but there is a rich tradition of other devotions in the church. Some devotions are tied to images, such as the Black Madonna of Poland, or Our Lady of Walsingham or Our Lady of Lourdes.

Marian Prayer and Devotion - Mary, Mother of God

https://www.catholic.org/mary/mpd.php

The Church rightly honours Mary with devotion, and calls the faithful to emulate her virtue. Mary is the Mother of God, and was His first disciple. She was present to Him throughout His life, and she was his best disciple.

 A Manual for Marian Devotion - National Catholic Register http://www.ncregister.com/blog/mfenelon/a-manual-for-marian-devotion

Jan 21, 2017

There is so much to be said – and to know – about the Blessed Virgin Mary that it would be near impossible to put it all in one book. Yet, Manual for Marian Devotion (Tan Books, 2016) by the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist does an amazing job.

Popular Marian Devotions https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/resources/mary/popular-marian-devotions

The Immaculate Heart of Mary. Mary, Help of Christians · Our Lady of Lourdes · Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Our Lady of the Medal.

The Importance of Marian Devotion

https://www.lasalette.org/about-la-salette/reconciliation/spirituality-and-charism/1006-the-importance-of-marian-devotion.html

As we are reminded during the Advent and Christmas seasons, “Jesus is the reason for the seasons.” Simply put, without Jesus we have no New Testament, no Christian Church, no Christian faith. Understanding this, then what is the proper place of Marian devotion and piety in the Church? Why is it important and how can it be improved? Mary responded to God's invitation in obedience. She called herself the Lord's “handmaiden” (Luke 1:38, 48)—a humble title. Hopefully someone in the parish, who comes from a country that has a strong devotion to Our Lady, like the Poles and the Black Madonna, will come and introduce us to that devotion. Email me at eamonrafterycm@yahoo.com and tell me the devotion your country has and the title you have given her. Or ring me at 07842475272. Later, there will be the Vincentian Marian devotion via Our Lady of the Medal or better known as the Miraculous Medal. More on this later. "The smile of Mary is for all; but it is directed quite particularly to those who suffer.

Fr Eamon Raftery cm