Mary's Month and a May Magnificat


"May reflection" by Fr. Willy Raymond, CSC (

May Crowning at Holy Cross Family Ministries, North Easton, MA. Copyright 2018 Holy Cross Family Ministries. All rights reserved.At and Holy Cross Family Ministries, the month of May unleashes once again the wonder and beauty of the creation renewing itself. We love May because it has thousands of  7-year-old children receiving Jesus in Communion for the first time; because May celebrates the special genius of women in their unique role as mothers; and May is Mary’s month par excellence.

Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. captured all the wonders of Mary, May and motherhood in his stunningly beautiful poem “May Magnificat” and depicts how they celebrate renewal in the world of nature and the world of families. No wonder the beautiful hymn, beloved of Saint John Paul II, sings of Mary as the Mother of Mercy filled with Holy Joy. {Salve Mater Misericordiae, Mater plena sanctae laetitiae, O Maria}

May Magnificat {shortened}

May is Mary’s month, and I
Muse at that and wonder why:
Her feasts follow reason,
Dated due to season—

Candlemas, Lady Day;
But the Lady Month, May,
Why fasten that upon her,
With a feasting in her honour?

Is it only its being brighter
Than the most are must delight her?
Is it opportunest
And flowers finds soonest?

Ask of her, the mighty mother:
Her reply puts this other
Question: What is Spring?—
Growth in every thing—

Flesh and fleece, fur and feather,
Grass and greenworld all together;

All things rising, all things sizing
Mary sees, sympathising
With that world of good,
Nature’s motherhood.

Their magnifying of each its kind
With delight calls to mind
How she did in her stored
Magnify the Lord.

Well but there was more than this:
Spring’s universal bliss
Much, had much to say
To offering Mary May.

This ecstasy all through mothering earth
Tells Mary her mirth till Christ’s birth
To remember and exultation
In God who was her salvation.

Gerard Manley Hopkins

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Copyright 2018 Fr. Willy Raymond, C.S.C.


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Fr. Willy Raymond, CSC, is a Catholic Priest of the Congregation of Holy Cross and President of Holy Cross Family Ministries.

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