April showers do indeed bring May flowers, as Regina Pacis Convent has blossoms all around Our Lady's grounds .. and in the convent, we believe these May flowers find a beautiful fulfillment in being woven into a crown for Our Lady.
Holy Mother Church chooses the month of May to be dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, which fittingly proceeds the month of the Holy Eucharist, as she was the first adorer of the Word made Flesh. There are countless ways to honor the sweetest of mothers - from praying her rosary (or an extra decade) or Litanies, practicing her virtues, reading spiritual writings in her honor, or simply making an extra visit to a statue of her. Every extra devotion we undertake, no matter how big or small, is like placing a rose at her feet and showering her with love. What could bring more joy to a mother's heart than the love of her children!
One of our customs during May is the crowning of Our Lady - a common practice in most churches at the beginning of the month. In addition to the first day, we choose several other days throughout the month for her crowning. Each sister is given a chance to assemble a beautiful crown to dawn the Blessed Mother and then chooses a particular hymn to Mary that will be sung during the crowning.
This is a practice that can be practiced by all, and we invite you to join us! Maybe your garden isn't full of flowers, but your heart is full of love, and each Hail Mary offered to Our Lady is a perfect rose. We pray that Our Lady may draw you nearer to her Tender and Pure Heart during this month, that you may know you are truly her child, and that you may grow in a deeper, more profound love for the Mother of God and the Church.
"If I were asked by someone seeking to honor Our Lady, 'What does genuine devotion to her involve?' I would answer briefly that it consists in a full appreciation of the privileges and dignity of Our Lady; in expressing our gratitude for her goodness to us;
in zealously promoting devotion to her; in constantly appealing for her help;
in being completely dependent on her; and in placing firm reliance
and loving confidence in her motherly goodness."
- St. Louis Marie de Montfort
Blossoms of the Convent Slideshow
“If, then, we establish solid devotion to our Blessed Lady,
it is only to establish more perfectly devotion to Jesus Christ,
and to provide an easy and secure means for finding Jesus Christ.
If devotion to Our Lady removed us from Jesus Christ,
we should have to reject it as an illusion of the devil;
but so far from this being the case, devotion to Our Lady is, on the contrary,
necessary for us—as I have already shown, and will show still further hereafter--
as a means of finding Jesus Christ perfectly, of loving Him tenderly,
of serving Him faithfully.”
- St. Louis Marie de Montfort: True Devotion
"Grant we beseech Thee, O Almighty God, that we, who in our affliction put our trust in Thy mercy, may ever be defended by Thy protection against all adversity.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who lives and reigns with Thee
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen."
- Collect of the Mass of Rogation
One of the gifts of Holy Mother Church to her children is the gift of the Octave. For high liturgical feasts such as Christmas and Easter, the feast is so splendid, so marvelous that one day is not sufficient to celebrate! Even more particular to the Octave is the fact that each day is celebrated as equally to the feast. During the Easter Octave, for example, every day is celebrated as the day of Christ's Resurrection.
"In thy sight are all they that afflict me; my heart hath expected reproach and misery. And I looked for one that would grieve together with me, but there was none: and for one that would comfort me, and I found none." - Psalm 68 (69)