May is the fifth month of the year. The name comes from the Roman maiores which is latin for “elders”, although an alternate etymology suggests the name is borrowed from the Greek maia, which is the fertility goddess.
This months scene from the Tres Riches shows a group of people, the Duke among them riding in the green countryside. musicians are playing, and in the background can be seen the Conciergerie, which still stands today. This picture seems fitting for the celebration of springtime. In a way it’s almost elven with the rich colors and leafy crowns. I am reminded of the opening and closing to Much Ado About Nothing, (the Kenneth Branagh version), where poetry and song mingle with celebration and pageantry.
May is also a month that celebrates mothers. Mothers day is celebrated on the 2nd sunday in May in the U.S. In the catholic church Mother Mary has a few days of note in May as well, with special devotions that celebrate the Blessed Virgin as Queen of Heaven and the Visitation. One of these is a special devotion, not found on the calendar, called the May Crowning.
Feasts from the General Roman Calendar 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