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Marian Resources for Young and Old

 

 

Mary has a unique and privileged place in salvation history and in the Church.  Because she responded yes to becoming the Mother of God, she is our first model of discipleship and our model of grace and trust in God.



Talking with kids about Mary - teachingcatholickids.com

In order for Jesus to be born, God wanted to prepare a special mother for him. From the moment that Mary was conceived in her own mother’s womb (St. Anne), Mary was without the stain of original sin. Throughout her entire life, Mary never sinned and was always a faithful servant to God. This is why Mary is called “full of grace.” God granted her every blessing he could to help prepare her to become the mother of Jesus.

God wanted to prepare Mary for a special task — but only if she was willing to accept it. Because God allows each of us to make our own decisions (free will), he left it up to Mary to decide if she wanted to become the mother of Jesus. And so Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” (Lk 1:38)

Mary, with the help of St. Joseph, taught Jesus many skills and lessons, just like your parents do. The Bible tells us that Jesus, “went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient” to Mary and Joseph (Lk 2:51). In fact, Jesus did not even start his public ministry until his mother asked him to!

At the wedding at Cana, when Jesus was about 30 years old, Mary told Jesus that there was no more wine to celebrate the occasion. Because Mary asked Jesus to help, Jesus decided to perform his very first miracle: turning water into wine. Since that day, Mary has been a great intercessor for us. She will tell Jesus about our prayers, and she will pray that we come to know and love him more.


Hail, Holy Queen Prayer

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail, 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

[Leader]: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God

[All]: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.


Why is May Mary’s month?

Here’s a brief explanation.

The origin of the conventional May devotion is still relatively unknown.  The scholar, Fr. Herbert Thurston, SJ identifies the seventeenth century as the earliest instance of the adoption of the custom of consecrating the month of May to the Blessed Virgin by special observances.  It is almost certain that this form of Marian devotion began in Italy.  Around 1739, witnesses speak of a particular form of Marian devotion in May in Grezzano near Verona, Italy.  In 1747 the Archbishop of Genoa recommended the May devotion as a devotion for the home.  Eventually specific prayers for this Marian devotion were promulgated in Rome about 1838.

According to Historian Fr. Frederick Holweck, the May devotion in its present form originated in Rome where Fr. Latomia of the Roman College of the Society of Jesus, to correct actions among the students, made a vow at the end of the eighteenth century to devote the month of May to Mary. In Rome by 1813, May devotions were held in around twenty churches.  From Rome the practice spread to the other Jesuit colleges and then to nearly every Catholic church of the Latin rite.  From Italy, May devotions soon spread to France.  In Belgium, the May devotions, at least as a private devotion, were already known by 1803.  The tradition of honoring Mary in a month-long May devotion spread eventually around the Roman Catholic world in the 19th century together with a month-long devotion to Jesus in June and the Rosary in October.

The ways Mary is honored in May are as varied as the people who honor her.

 

WRITTEN RESOURCES (Video Resources are below)

 

Mary — USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

The many names of Mary — teachingcatholickids.com

Frequently Asked Questions about the Blessed Virgin Mary — USCCB

Who Were Mary’s parents? What Do We Know About Them? — bustedhalo.com

Who Wrote the Hail Mary Prayer? — bustedhalo.com

Mary, Our Lady - Resource Packet — One of the many titles by which we know our Blessed Mother, is a title of honor and respect. Indeed, Catholics throughout the world honor her and claim her to be “Our Lady.” The list of titles for Mary that begins with those words of respect and reverence are too numerous to count here. But the resources offered in this collection will engage children and youth in learning six stories behind Marian titles that begin with the words “Our Lady.” — RCL Benziger

May Crowning at Home — Pop-Up Catechesis, Catechist's Journey

The Blessed Virgin Mary • Monthly devotion for May — teachingcatholickids.com

Marian Devotions — RCL Benziger

Our Lady of Fatima — teachingcatholickids.com

Family Page about Mary - Saint Mary is celebrated throughout the month of May. She is the mother of God and the mother of the Church, and celebrated and venerated by Christians around the world. She inspires us each day by her trust and faith in God, and her powerful intercession has been a constant theme in the lives of many great saints. — St. Mary's Press

Facing New and Uncertain Situations Like Mary — Loyola Press

Mary Trivia and Answers — funtrivia.com

How did Mary know that Jesus was God and could perform a miracle at Cana? — bustedhalo.com

What Does the Solemnity of Mary Mean? — bustedhalo.com

Creative Ways to Pray the Rosary — Catechist's Journey

11 questions answered about Mary — Our Sunday Visitor

Where did the title “Madonna” come from for Mary? — bustedhalo.com

What do we know about Mary’s actual labor and delivery of Jesus? — bustedhalo.com

Was Mary of the House of David or just Joseph? — bustedhalo.com

Did St Joseph leave Mary after Jesus entered public life? — bustedhalo.com

Marian Resources from Loyola Press.  This has many, many resources for all ages, including inter-generational resources.  There are activities for Marian Celebrations and Feast Days, Information about Mary, Marian Prayers, Marian Activities, Information on The Rosary: Prayers and Mysteries, and more!

What does the title Mary, Help of Christians mean, and where does it come from? — bustedhalo.com

How many times does Mary speak in the Bible? — bustedhalo.com

Why Does Mary Visit Her Cousin Elizabeth? — bustedhalo.com

Marian Feasts, information about the many Feasts associated with Mary — RCL Benziger, our book publisher

Marian Resource Roundup — stumblingtowardsainthood.com

Why is Mary Known as the Queen of Heaven? — bustedhalo.com

Do Catholics believe that Mary is the co-savior of the world? — bustedhalo.com

We don’t hear much about Mary after Jesus died. How do we know what happened to her? — bustedhalo.com

Mary, Mother of God Activities — Sadlier

How did the Rosary become associated with Mary? — bustedhalo.com

May Crowning Activities — thereligionteacher.com

The Marian Glossary, words associated with Mary — USCCB

Mary, Mother of God, quotes about Mary — Jesuitresource.org

What do other Christians believe about Mary? — bustedhalo.com

Is the song “Mary, Did You Know?” against the teaching of the Catholic Church? — bustedhalo.com

 

VIDEOS

 

Why Catholics Call Mary Their Mother - Fr. Mike Schmitz

When Catholics call Mary their mother, it may seem like they are taking away some of the respect due to Jesus and giving it to Mary.  This is far from the case.  Fr. Mike points out two reasons why calling Mary our mother can improve our relationship with Christ, and strengthen our faith life.

1. Loving the people Jesus loves helps you love him more.  The more you love Mary the more you love God.

2. Jesus gave Mary to us as our Mother on the Cross.

“When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son!’  Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother!’  And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home” (John 19:26-27).

 

Mary - Catholic Central

 

Mary in 2 Minutes - Busted Halo

 

Immaculate Conception - Catholic Central - Who and/or what are Catholics talking about when they reference the Immaculate Conception?  Libby breaks down what it is, why Catholics believe it, and what it could mean for us today.

 

Pope Francis on Mary, the Mother of Us All

Vinita Wright reads an excerpt about Mary, the mother of Jesus, from "The Church of Mercy" by Pope Francis.

 

Pope Francis: Mary is the door to mercy

Pope Francis opened the Holy Door at the Basilica of St. Mary Major Jan. 1, 2016.  These are some of his remarks at that service.

 

The Virgin Mary's Struggles

If we want to be holy, the Virgin Mary should have an integral role in our spiritual life; but sometimes, perhaps, you might ​think you cannot relate to the Blessed Mother because she was immaculately conceived and didn’t have to struggle with sin as we do.  In this video, Fr. Mike shares how even though ​Mary ​did not struggle with sin, she still had her own unique struggle that we can relate to when we are seeking holiness

 

The Immaculate Conception Explained

Did you know that Mary actually did know her child would save the world?  In fact, she was saved around forty-seven years before Jesus died.  Fr. Mike Schmitz simplifies the complex theology behind the Immaculate Conception in this video.  Using a clever analogy or two, he demonstrates how Scripture alludes to the fact that Mary was immaculately conceived, and he explains why this solemnity is so important to the Church.