May 2022 - Overview for the Month
The entire month of May falls within the liturgical season of Easter, which is represented by the liturgical color white — the color of light, a symbol of joy, purity and innocence (absolute or restored).
The Holy Father's Intentions for the Month of May 2022
For faith-filled young people: We pray for all young people, called to live life to the fullest; may they see in Mary's life the way to listen, the depth of discernment, the courage that faith generates, and the dedication to service. (See also Apostleship of Prayer)
Feasts for May1. Third Sunday of Easter, Sunday
2. Athanasius, Memorial
3. Feast of Philip and James, Apostles, Feast
8. Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday), Sunday
10. Damien de Veuster (USA); John of Avila, Opt. Mem.
12. Nereus and Achilleus; Pancras, martyrs, Opt. Mem.
13. Our Lady of Fatima, Opt. Mem.
14. Feast of Matthias, Apostle, Feast
15. Fifth Sunday of Easter, Sunday
18. John I, Opt. Mem.
20. Bernardine of Siena, Opt. Mem.
21. Christopher Magallanes and companions; Eugene de Mazenod (Canada), Opt. Mem.
22. Sixth Sunday of Easter, Sunday
25. St. Bede the Venerable; St. Gregory VII, pope; St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, virgin, Opt. Mem.
26. Ascension Thursday (for some provinces); Philip Neri, Memorial
27. Augustine of Canterbury, Opt. Mem.
29. Ascension or the Seventh Sunday of Easter, Sunday
31. Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feast
Focus of the LiturgyThe Gospel readings for May are taken from St. John, except for the feast of the Ascension, which is taken from St. Luke. All are from Year C, Weekdays Cycle 2.
Jesus revealed himself to his disciples at the Sea of Tiberias.
The Gospel is about Jesus as the Good Shepherd.
Christ gives the commandment to love as He loves.
In this Gospel, Jesus promises to send the Holy Spirit.
As Jesus blessed them he parted from them and was taken up to heaven.
Highlights of the Month
As Spring blossoms forth and we are surrounded by new life, we spend this month full of the joy of our Easter celebration and in anticipation of the coming of the Holy Spirit, our Consoler and Advocate.
The saints that we will focus on this month— those who have already shared in the rewards of the Resurrection—are St. Athanasius (May 2), Sts. Philip and James (May 3), St. Damien de Vuester (May 10), St. Nereus & Achilleus, St. Pancras (May 12), Our Lady of Fatima (May 13), St. Matthias (May 14), St. John I (May 18), St. Bernadine of Siena (May 20), St. Christopher Magallanes (May 21), St. Bede, St. Gregory VII and St. Mary Magdalene de Pazzi (May 25), St. Philip Neri (May 26), St. Augustine of Canterbury (May 27) and the Visitation (May 31).
The feasts of St. Joseph the Worker (May 1), St. Isidore the Farmer (May 15) and St. Rita of Cascia (May 22) are superseded by the Sunday liturgy. The Solemnity of the Ascension (May 26) is celebrated on May 29 (Sunday) in most dioceses in the United States.
A Time of Grace
The world is resplendent with Spring's increased light and new growth. It is Mary's month in the Easter season and all of nature rejoices with the Queen of heaven at the Resurrection of the Son she was worthy to bear. During the remainder of Easter time, let us endeavor through the prayers of the Holy Liturgy and the Holy Rosary to deepen our gratitude for the mystery of our Baptismal rebirth in Christ.
"The month of May, with its profusion of blooms was adopted by the Church in the eighteenth century as a celebration of the flowering of Mary's maidenly spirituality...With its origins in Isaiah's prophecy of the Virgin birth of the Messiah under the figure of the Blossoming Rod or Root of Jesse, the flower symbolism of Mary was extended by the Church Fathers, and in the liturgy, by applying to her the flower figures of the Sapiential Books-Canticles, Wisdom, Proverbs and Sirach.
"In the medieval period, the rose was adopted as the flower symbol of the Virgin Birth, as expressed in Dante's phrase, 'The Rose wherein the Divine Word was made flesh,' and depicted in the central rose windows of the great gothic cathedrals-from which came the Christmas carol, 'Lo, How a Rose 'ere Blooming.' Also, in the medieval period, when monasteries were the centers of horticultural and agricultural knowledge, and with the spread of the Fransiscan love of nature, the actual flowers themselves, of the fields, waysides and gardens, came to be seen as symbols of Mary..." — John S. Stokes
Pentecost, the birth of the Church, is also among the celebrations of May. Though sprung from the side of Christ on the Cross, the Church marks as her birthday the descent of the Holy Spirit on Mary and the Apostles. At the 'birth' of the world, the Holy Spirit — the Breath of God — was the "mighty wind [that] swept over the waters" (Gen 1:2); at the birth of the Church He is present again "like the rush of a mighty wind" to recreate the world in the image of Christ through His Church (Acts 2:2).
We, the members of Christ's Mystical Body, are the present-day disciples sent by the Holy Spirit to bring Christ to the world. May we go forth as did Mary, who set out in haste to assist St. Elizabeth (feast of the Visitation, May 31). Come upon us, O Holy Spirit, so that, with Mary, we may proclaim the greatness of the Lord who has done great things for us — for his mercy endures forever!
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