Traditionally the Catholic Church has honored Mary, the mother of Jesus, during the month of May. Some parishes hold May processions—participants sing hymns about Mary, recite the Rosary, and crown a statue of Mary with a wreath of flowers.
Some people believe, mistakenly, that Catholics worship Mary. Worship is reserved to God alone. From the earliest times, however, Christians have sought Mary’s prayers and help. They ask Mary to intercede on their behalf, which is entirely appropriate given Mary’s preeminent role in salvation history.
The Church teaches that Mary is the first and the greates...
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