May


The month of the flowers. The nature explodes with greenness and colour as if heaven has descended to earth.  Agricultural work is in full swing and now the foundation for the great harvests is being laid. The name of the month comes from the Latin Major, meaning important person (senator), signifies the importance this month has for human activity, especially in agriculture and animal husbandry. In the Catholic tradition, the month of May is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, who urges us to be forgiving and merciful to ourselves and our fellow men. Because it is heaven, it is also the month of flowers.

It’s the month of butterflies and small insects: beetles and fireflies. The bees are in production in May. Now we have most of the flowers: tulips, lily of the valleys, hyacinths, etc. All the trees are leafy. It’s a explosion of greenery.

“May is the month of walking for the one who has no pursuit”. If it does not rain in May, there will be no corn made. May chooses whether we will harvest corn. The flocks that will go to the mountain are formed and the sheep are measured. It is important that there is rain in May. If the month is dry, it will not be a good agricultural year. If it rains in May, the plow is golden. In May, people who make wine and have wine have to treat it with mugwort (if it is still in the barrel) to maintain it. And tradition says that the wine from May, the untreated one, is very healthy to drink. It contains enzymes, animals beneficial to the body.

On May 7, 1426, the Mother of God appeared in Padova to Vicenza Pasini, near an olive cross, in great brilliance and in melodious chords, dressed in bright golden robes. The virgin revealed her name, and, placing her hand on Vicenza’s shoulder, asked her to go down to the city and send people to build a church where she has shown. Also, the Mother of God promised her that by digging there, a healing spring  would come out, which became true. Later, the Virgin took the cross of olive branches in her hands, drew with it the perimeter of the church she was asking for, and promised many thanks to all those who would pray there, especially on the first Sunday of the month. But Vicenza Pasini was not believed until after two years, when on August 2, 1428, the Virgin appeared again renewing her request. The bishop and city authorities, who finally decided to climb Monte Berico, discovered the perimeter fenced with the cross of Mary’s own hand, a fence that had been inexplicably kept on the ground for two years, since the appearance of 1426. There the Church of St. Mary of Mount Berico was built. A well was built on the place of the spring and many come in pilgrimage for its healing properties.