It is a great comfort on our spiritual way, which is often fatiguing and bristling with difficulties, to meet the gentle presence of a mother. One is so at ease near one's mother. With her, everything becomes easier; the weary, the discouraged heart, disturbed by storms, finds new hope and strength, and continues the journey with fresh courage.(Picture courtesy of House Art Journal)
May processions and crownings are beautiful traditions. A simple May altar in the home is lovely as well. May is also a good time to make the rosary a part of one's daily devotions, if it is not already.
Here is a "May Day Carol," a folk song we sang at school in Maryland.
The moon shines bright, the stars give a light A little before 'tis day
Our Heavenly Father, he called to us
And bid us awake and pray.
Awake, awake, oh pretty, pretty maid Out of your drowsy dream And step into your dairy below And fetch me a bowl of cream If not a bowl of thy sweet cream A cup to bring me cheer For the Lord knows when we shall meet again To go Maying another year. A branch of May I've brought you here And at your door I stand 'Tis nothing but a sprout, but it's well budded out By the work of our Lord's hand. My song is done and I must be gone No longer can I stay So it's God bless you all, both great and small And send you a joyful May.