Monday, April 30, 2012

Recipes for May ~ Month Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary

"The May devotion in its present form originated at Rome where Father Latomia of the Roman College of the Society of Jesus, to counteract infidelity and immorality among the students, made a vow at the end of the eighteenth century to devote the month of May to Mary. From Rome the practice spread to the other Jesuit colleges and thence to nearly every Catholic church of the Latin rite.  This practice is the oldest instance of a devotion extending over an entire month. Indulgences, three hundred days each day, by assisting at a public function or performing the devotion in private, plenary indulgence on any day of the month or on one of the first eight days of June under the usual conditions (Pius VII, 21 March, 1815, for ten years; 18 June, 1822 in perpetuum)." ~ New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia

Before I post the links to the recipes in honor of the various feast days celebrated this month, here are some ideas from the archives in Honor of Our Lady:

Charlotte has created the most wonderful May Crowning Feast inspired by some of Our Lady's Titles in the Litany of Loreto:

Inspired by Charlotte, my Little Flowers group had a Marian Titles May Crowning Luncheon:

Kelly posted a whole day's worth of menu suggestions - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, including some beautiful "Fleur-di-lis Rolls":

Tiffany shares a lovely May Crowning Lunch:

Mary shares a wonderful series of posts highlighting some of the culinary herbs and flowers associated with Our Lady:

Here are even more ideas in honor of Our Lady:

May 1, St. Joseph the Workman, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Pt. of Carpenters (New, Trad.):

May 3rd, St. James the Just (New):

May 4th, St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine, Pt. of mothers (Trad.):

May 10, Blessed Damien Joseph de Veuster of Moloka'i (New):

May 11, Sts. Philip & James the Less (Trad.):

May 12, Bl. Imelda Lambertini, Pt. of First Communicants (Hist.):
*And other ideas for those celebrating their First Holy Communion

May 13, Our Lady of Fatima (New):

May 18, Pope John Paul II's Birthday:

May 22, St. Rita of Cascia, Pt. of "impossible" cases (New; Trad./some places):

May 30, St. Joan of Arc (New, Trad.):

May 31, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Elizabeth (New) and Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Trad.) :

"The mood of springtime informs the church's interior; nature's blossoming, the warm air of May evenings, human gladness in a world that is renewing itself -- all these things enter in.  Veneration of Mary has its place in this very particular atmosphere, for she, the Virgin, shows us faith under its  youthful aspect, as God's new beginning in a world that has grown old. In her we see the Christian life set forth as a youth-fulness of the heart, as beauty and a waiting readiness for what is to come."
-- Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Seek That Which is Above 

My Queen! My Mother! Remember I am thine own. Keep me, guard me, as thy property and possession.

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