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Junior May Procession

On Wednesday, 18th May we had our Junior School May Procession.  It was a wonderful occasion and a number of parents and visitors joined us.  Some of our senior pupils, along with staff, dramatized the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.  Michelle Kowalczyk ‘s baby daughter was a beautiful addition to the cast, as the child Jesus, and behaved impeccably.   The night before the event the juniors prayed for fine weather and despite the frequent rain before and afterwards, we were blessed with fine weather for the whole procession.  The junior pupils were well prepared by their teachers and led the prayers with great devotion.  It was a truly memorable and moving occasion and a great sign of hope for the future of the Church.    

The month of May is traditionally dedicated to Mary the Mother of Jesus.  Catholics and Christians throughout the world have festivals and special prayer services honouring the Blessed Virgin.  The Rosary is the main prayer that we say at this time.  The Rosary is designed to help us to meditate upon key events that took place throughout the life of Christ, his joys, sorrows, glories and more recently events that cast light upon our faith.  Mary was the model disciple and her life was intimately intertwined with that of Christ.

The Hail Mary itself has its basis in Scripture.  The first part, ‘Hail Mary, full of grace the Lord is with you,’ (Luke 1:28)are the words spoken by the Angel Gabriel, who was sent by God, to announce to Mary that she had been chosen to become the mother of his son.  The second part of the Hail Mary, ‘Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,’ (Luke 1:42) are the words spoken by her cousin Elisabeth when Mary greeted her and she was filled with the Holy Spirt. 

The third part of the Hail Mary, ‘Holy Mary Mother of God’ is connected to the Council of Ephesus which took place in AD 431. Nestorius, who was the Patriarch of Constantinople, at that time, claimed that Mary had only given birth to the human part of Jesus but not the divine.  However, the Church had always maintained that Jesus was truly human and truly divine from the moment of his conception in Mary’s womb.  Consequently, the Council pf Ephesus declared that Mary was truly the ‘Mother of God’

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and his most faithful disciple, experienced many trials and tribulations in her life but never gave up hope.  As Jesus was dying on the cross he saw one of his disciples standing there with his mother and said, ‘Woman here is your son and to his disciple here is your mother,’ (John 19:26-27).  The Church understands that this was a final parting gift from Jesus and that, at that moment, Mary was given the spiritual task of becoming the Mother of all Christians.  When we are in trouble or in need we may turn to a close friend or relative for help.  Similarly in the final part of the Hail Mary we ask her to, ‘pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Let us bring our prayer intentions to Mary, trusting in her love and compassion, and let us ask her to intercede for the needs of our school and the wider community, as we pray together:  Hail Mary…

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