Our Traditions

May

May, in the Northern Hemisphere, is a time of rapidly increasing daylight, warming temperature, the rapid continuing of new growth in our gardens and in our forests, and the promise of fine weather ahead.

It’s also the time of school graduations, and the ending of one academic year and the promise of summer vacations, even as we look into the farther future of planning for the fall.
The month of May finds us honoring our mothers on the day we know as Mother’s Day, always in our place the second Sunday of May, and the national holiday, Memorial Day, that marks the popular beginning of summer and a time to remember those who have died in war and, in many places, a flowering and care of grave sites of those who have died.
The Sundays of May are devoted to the church season known as Eastertide. You will notice a large candle, in its own stand, near the pulpit. This candle was lit on the Great Vigil of Easter and will continue to burn at all services this season to remind us of the presence of the risen Christ.

Other holy days in May:

St. Mark the Evangelist His day is usually on April 25, but since that was Good Friday, his remembrance is transferred to April 29. St. Mark is one of the evangelists who wrote the gospels, the first four books in the Christian Bible narrating the teachings and actions of Jesus. Mark is the shortest of the four gospels, and is generally thought to be the oldest.

Ascension Day. Thursday, May 30. Always 40 days after Easter, this day marks Jesus’ leaving of his apostles and going to the Father.

The Visitation of St. Mary the Virgin. May 31. Upon knowing of her pregnancy, Mary walked several days to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, the mother of St. John the Baptist, the name saint of our parish