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The Feasts of Mary
The Catholic Church calendar guides our belief about Mary and
her role in the Christian life through feasts. Since the 18th century, the calendar months of May and October have been devoted to Mary. Originating in Spain and Italy, where Mary was honored with “May Devotions”, litanies, the rosary and other special prayers, the practice spread worldwide.
Mary has a place, above all, in the great feasts celebrating the mysteries of Jesus Christ. She has a role in the mysteries of his birth– the Feast of Christmas (December 25), the Annunciation (March 25), the Visitation (May 31), and the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (February 2). She has a prominent place in the season of Advent, especially in Luke’s gospel for the 4th week of Advent.
Mary is also present in the paschal feasts that celebrate the mysteries of the death and resurrection of Jesus in Lent and Easter. She stood by his Cross and welcomed him risen from the dead. She was also present at the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Besides the feasts recalling the mysteries of Jesus, feasts honoring Mary in a special way occur during the church year. If you'd like to visit Our Mary Garden, here are some key dates we'll be hosting events.