May, the Month of Mary
DIOCESE – On Saturday 30 May many parishes organized in towns and villages of the Holy Land processions marking the end of the month of May, traditionally devoted to Mary. Many faithful came in to recite the rosary and sing hymns to the Holy Mother who watches through her prayers over the Church of Jerusalem.
Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Mgr Fouad Twal, presided over Mass at St Saviour’s Parish. In a fully packed church, he referred to this month of May 2015, a very busy time for the local Church. Mary at the heart of prayers, but also the Canonization of Myriam Bawardi and Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas, two examples of women who put themselves at the disposal of God, just like the Holy Virgin on the day of the Annunciation. Mass was followed by a parade in the Old City of Jerusalem, set out by the Parish scouts. The statue of the Virgin, borne by young girls, was surrounded by yet more faithful than at the Mass. Young and less young walked singing, receiving blessing with the icon at the Brothers School, at the Patriarchate Co-Cathedral, and finally in the courtyard of the Custody. The end of the procession saw many flower pots, emptied out in no time by many women and mothers : a small souvenir of Mary’s most colorful feastday.
In Tel Aviv
The month of May is an appropriate time for Catholics to express their love and respect for the Virgin Mary, the Catholics of Southern Tel Aviv did it on Saturday 30 May 2015.
In the morning, Fr Michel Grospe, Director of Pastoral Center “Notre-Dame-femme-vaillante” held Mass for the Sri Lanka community. The Community Coordinator, Sr Clarice Pereira, organized the procession of the faithful inside the garden surrounding the center.
In the afternoon faithful, young and elderly, of the Philippine community gathered at Levinsky Park and roamed in the streets round the Central Bus Station for the traditional procession of Santa Cruzan, during which children who made their First Communion on Pentecost played an outstanding role. Women of the community, carrying different titles of Mary, were seen wearing fine traditional robes.
In the town of the Holy Family, impossible to bypass Mary’s feastday and procession. Organized every Saturday evening, with torches, the procession was doubled over the weekend by another procession in the vicinity of the Basilica of the Annunciation, on Sunday 31 May. After the Mass, procession went down from the higher section of the Basilica, passing along the “cloister”, ending up at the foot of the Grotto of the Annunciation. A large number of religious and families took part in this colorful celebration, adorned yet more by the petals cast along the way by merry young children coming to pray for the Sweet Mother.
Pierre Loup de Raucourt , in conjunction with St James Vicariate
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