My dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ,
The month of May is traditionally dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and it is popularly known as the "Mary's Month", a specific month of the year when special devotions are performed in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We indeed pray to Blessed Virgin Mary every day, but at the same time in May, we express with intensity our love and devotion to Blessed Virgin Mary.
During this challenging time, even though we are joining the Holy Qurbana by live streaming, we are not gathering in person at the Church for the Holy Qurbana. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to join more in family-centered prayers, and now all our families have become the real domestic Church. Each year, the Church seeks the special intercession of the Mother of God during May. This year, we seek the assistance of Our Lady more earnestly as we face the effects of the pandemic on an unprecedented scale. So, let us continue the practice of the rosary devotion in our families every day more earnestly and to observe the whole month as the "Traditional May Devotion" (മെയ്മാസ വണക്കം).
Let us listen to the words of Pope Francis, "Contemplating the face of Christ with the heart of Mary our Mother will make us even more united as a spiritual family and will help us overcome this time of trial".
The Blessed Virgin Mary offered her prayers to the disciples, motherly care, and witnessing. She continues to provide us with her motherly love and intercession. During this challenging time of uncertainty, let us rediscover her maternal role in each of our lives. Let us offer our spiritual mother our sincere prayers, that just as she aided the Apostles with her prayers, she may also guide and intercede for us in our journey of faith. Let us learn from her how to love and trust God completely and how to be faithful witnesses of the risen Lord.
My dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ, in our daily Holy Qurbana, I will pray for all our parishioners, especially all the health care workers from our parish community and all the others those who are directly or indirectly involved in essential services. May good God protect all of us, and Blessed Virgin Mary intercede for us.
Fr. George Danavelil