Tis the Month of Our Mother

Bring Flowers of the Rarest, Bring Flowers of the Fairest.

Tis May, tis the month of our Mother Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth. Holy Mother Church in her wisdom has long designated this month as the month of Mary. It is fitting since this is the season of bloom in the Northern Hemisphere. When life springs forth and the availability of a myriad of bouquets are to be had. It is fitting that we gather these flowers to give to Mary in tribute because she is the rarest and fairest of all flowers, she is the ever pure and precious vessel through which God chose, from all time, to reveal Himself to men.

Tis the Month of Our Mother

Without getting into too much Dogma or theology of the Catholic Faith, we can simply state that she is the penultimate Mercy of God to whom we may have recourse. To be sure, she is not divine, but nonetheless, she is the flower without blemish and the Theotokos, the God Bearer. If He counted her worthy to bear Him, then we also should venerate her as a Tabernacle of Jesus Christ the Redeemer. We can do no less, for it is through this conduit that He poured His corporal presence to be among us; and it is through this conduit that He pours forth His Graces. Yes, she is not co-equal to God, yet, she is Co-Redemptrix, because she was chosen from all time to be the Mother of Our Savior, though she had free will to chose not to. Had she not given her fiat, let it be according to thy word, mankind would have been forever condemned because there was no other chosen.

Despite this, or perhaps because of it, Mary has many enemies, even those who count themselves Christian. In fact, having grown up in the Cold War Era, it was not lost on me that the noted “feast” day of the greatest enemies of Christ to date attempted to usurp this month of May with their grandiose, but feeble, shows of strength on so-called May Day. Still, she, Mary Our Blessed Mother, remains our hope and joy, our intercessor before the Throne of God. To whom we may go with confidence.

Some of my separated Christian brothers may be scandalized by this, yet, they are constantly saying, WWJD, that is, What would Jesus do. If he chose her to be His bearer; if he poured forth His life through her; If He had the utmost love and respect for her, even giving her to us as our mother; can we do any less then give her the utmost love, adoration, and veneration of His example, of course not. Others may say that as intercessor she is not needed, to them I point out that does not a child enlist the aid and supplication of his mother to win a favor from the father, even when he had previously asked directly, this is certainly so. So let us, all, not squander this rich and wonderful resource given by God to us on Calvary. Let us have recourse to Mary, conceived without sin. She is the embodiment of Divine Mercy. Therefore let us proceed as in the words of the hymn:


Bring Flowers of the Fairest

Bring flowers of the rarest,
Bring blossoms the fairest,
From garden and woodland and hillside and dale;
Our full hearts are swelling,
Our glad voices telling
The praise of the loveliest flower of the vale.

Chorus: O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May,

O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May,

Their lady they name thee,
Their mistress proclaim thee,
Oh, grant that thy children on earth be as true
As long as the bowers
Are radiant with flowers
As long as the azure shall keep its bright hue.

Chorus: O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May,
O Mary, we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May,

Sing gaily in chorus,
The bright angels o’er us
Re-echo the strains we begin upon earth;
Their harps are repeating
The notes of our greeting,
For Mary herself is the cause of our mirth.

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Richard of Danbury, D.S.G.

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