St. Cyril of Jerusalem Parish,15520 Ventura Boulevard, Encino,
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Hail Holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy!
life, our sweetness, and our hope!
To thee do we cry, poor
banished children of Eve;
to thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn, then, most
gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us;
and after this
our exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Month of Mary
The month of May is the
"month which the piety of the faithful has
especially dedicated to Our Blessed Lady," and it is the occasion
for a "moving tribute of faith and love which Catholics in every
part of the world pay to the Queen of Heaven. During this month
Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up
to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of
prayer and veneration. In this month, too, the benefits of God's
mercy come down to us from her throne in greater abundance"
VI: Encyclical on the Month of May, no.1).
This Christian custom of dedicating the month of May to the Blessed
Virgin arose at the end of the 13th century. In this way, the Church
was able to Christianize the secular feasts which were wont to take
place at that time. In the 16th century, books appeared and fostered
The practice became especially popular among the members of the
Jesuit Order — by 1700 it took hold among their students at the
Roman College and a bit later it was publicly practiced in the Gesu
Church in Rome. From there it spread to the whole Church.
The practice was granted a partial indulgence by Pius VII in 1815
and a plenary indulgence by Pius IX in 1859. With the complete
revision of indulgences in 1966 and the decreased emphasis on
specific indulgences, it no longer carries an indulgence; however it
certainly falls within the category of the First General Grant of
Indulgences. (A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who,
in the performance of their duties and in bearing the trials of
life, raise their mind with humble confidence to God, adding — even
if only mentally — some pious invocation.)
The Month of Mary and the
The pious practice of honoring Mary during the month of May has been
especially recommended by the Popes. Pius XII made frequent
reference to it and in his great Encyclical on the Sacred Liturgy
(Mediator Dei) characterized it as one of "other exercises of piety
which although not strictly belonging to the Sacred Liturgy, are
nevertheless of special import and dignity, and may be considered in
a certain way to be an addition to the liturgical cult: they have
been approved and praised over and over again by the Apostolic See
and by the Bishops" (no.182)
Paul VI wrote a short encyclical in 1965 using the Month of Mary
devotion as a means of obtaining prayers for peace. He urged the
faithful to make use of this practice which is
consoling" and by which the Blessed Virgin Mary is honored and the
Christian people are enriched with spiritual gifts"
In May of 2002 Pope John Paul II said, "Today we begin the month
dedicated to Our Lady a favourite of popular devotion. In accord
with a long-standing tradition of devotion, parishes and families
continue to make the month of May a 'Marian' month, celebrating it
with many devout liturgical, catechetical and pastoral initiatives!"
information, please contact the
St Cyril of Jerusalem
15520 Ventura Boulevard
(mail: 4601 Firmament Ave)
Encino, CA 91436
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