Saturday, May 02, 2009

May and Mary

Wherever there is faith there is the example of Mary, because she lived by faith - as the Scriptures remind us.

Why do we remember the month of May and Mary, mother of Our Lord?

This Christian custom of dedicating the month of May to the Blessed Virgin arose at the end of the 13th century. In this way, the Church was able to Christianize the secular feasts which were wont to take place at that time. In the 16th century, books appeared and fostered this devotion.
The practice became especially popular among the members of the Jesuit Order — by 1700 it took hold among their students at the Roman College and a bit later it was publicly practiced in the Gesu Church in Rome. From there it spread to the whole Church.

Catholic Culture

On our bulletin board we have two pictures. Remembering May as the month dedicated to Our Lady.

This one of Madonna and Child by Duccio. Duccio di Buoninsegna (c. 1255-1260 – c. 1318-1319) was an Italian artist . Born in Siena, Tuscany, he worked mostly with pigment and egg tempera and he painted religious subjects .

And this one of The Madonna of the Roses by William-Adolphe Bouguereau , 1825 –1905, a French academic painter. Bouguereau was a traditionalist who created realistic genre paintings . He created an idealized world, with an almost photo-realistic style .

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