During Lent I worked on reconstructing this Rosary of olive wood beads which belongs to my Daddy. It was in pieces and fallen apart, and which I shared about here, along with the happiness of putting it back together again. I had a few requests for a photo of the completed Rosary. I thought now, the month of May, was a great chance to show this Rosary, as the month of May in the Roman Catholic faith is dedicated to Mary--Our Lady, The Blessed Virgin--Mother of God. (Last summer I offered this photo/link post with image of my favorite pink crystal Rosary. Yes, I have more than one Rosary! ;) To learn more about The Holy Rosary, stop by this lovely site.
During this Marian month, prayer, the praying of the Rosary, and veneration of Mary happens in churches and in the homes of the faithful. I've been delighting in some extra time at church praying the Rosary together with others. Very much I credit The Blessed Virgin Mary for her intercession and prayers in bringing me back to the Catholic Church, the faith of my childhood!
For some extra Marian celebration, I made these (pictured above), what I call homemade prayer cards. I use them as bookmarks in my Bible. The Marian art is clip art modeled on vintage prayer cards, which I found online.
To honor Mary... here are the words to one of the four beautiful Marian antiphons we sing at church. This one, Salve Regina (in Latin first, followed by English translation), we sing now after Pentecost and through the months to come, until just before Christmas
Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae;
vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae.
Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, advocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.
Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria.
Hail, holy Queen
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our 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. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ!
May is such a wonderful month--for so many reasons! Do you have anything special happening this month?!
P.S. Also in the making lately I have a new crochet project just started on the hook--a bag for summer! Details on my Summer Stripe Bag on my Ravelry page--link in sidebar...