Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Feasts during the month of May

The month of May is dedicated to The Blessed Virgin Mary. All but the last 4 days of the month fall 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 last four days of the month (beginning the Monday after Pentecost) are in Ordinary Time which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection.

The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of May are:

1. Joseph the Worker, Opt. Mem.
2. Athanasius, Memorial
3. Philip and James, Feast
6. Fifth Sunday of Easter, Sunday
10. St. Damien Joseph de Veuster, priest, Opt. Mem.
13. Sixth Sunday of Easter, Sunday
14. Matthias, Feast
15. Isidore the Farmer (USA), Opt. Mem.
18. John I, Opt. Mem.
20. Ascension, Solemnity
21. Christopher Magallanes and companions; Eugene de Mazenod (Canada), Opt. Mem.
22. Rita of Cascia, Opt. Mem.
25. Bede the Venerable; Gregory VII; Mary Magdalene de Pazzi, Opt. Mem.
26. Philip Neri, Memorial
27. Pentecost; Whitsunday, Sunday
31. Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Feast

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