Marian Month of May


Parish May Devotions

These will take place on Sunday 2nd May after the 2.00pm Mass will be livestreamed here. Attendance is only open to those who come to the 2.00pm Mass (due to Covid restrictions).

Personal May Devotions

Here is an excellent resource to help you mark the month of May in a special way. It consists of readings and some prayers and actions.

You can also pray the Rosary by joining the Walsingham  livestream each day at 11.00am here.

Pope Francis has asked all the faithful to pray the rosary each day of Mary’s Month of May especially for the ending of the pandemic. 

Pope Francis invites Catholics and Marian Shrines around the world to dedicate the month of May to a marathon of prayer for an end to the Covid-19 pandemic. Catholics across the globe are encouraged to dedicate the Marian month of May to praying for an end to the pandemic. The initiative, behind which the Pope has thrown his support, involves 30 Marian Shrines from various parts of the world. It takes place under the theme “The whole Church was fervently praying to God,” which recalls a verse in the Book of Acts (12:5).

Prayer initiative

“The initiative will involve all the Shrines of the world in a special way, so that they might encourage the faithful, families, and communities to recite the Rosary to pray for an end to the pandemic,” read a statement released by the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization. Pope Francis will open the Marian month of prayer on 1 May with a Rosary broadcast across Vatican Media’s platforms. Each day will see Vatican News broadcast the recitation of the Rosary at 5 PM London time from the various Shines taking part in the initiative.

The Pope will also close the initiative on 31 May with another specially-broadcast Rosary.

End to the pandemic

This year’s dedication of May to pandemic-related prayer recalls a similar occurrence during the first wave in March 2020. Pope Francis led the world in prayer during that confusing and difficult time, celebrating a live-streamed, daily Mass in the Casa Santa Marta. After more than a year, and with the world still in the grips of the pandemic, the Pope and the Church around the world are once again leading the way in imploring God for an end to the suffering which so many people are forced to bear.

Saturday, 1 May 2021: 5pm and 6pm (UK time)

The Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham has been selected to start the month of prayer on Saturday 1 May. Shrine Rector Mgr Philip Moger and the Shrine Team will be praying. The recitation of the rosary will be live streamed from Walsingham to the Vatican Television Centre so that Pope Francis can join in live.

Pandemic Intention

The Walsingham Intention is for those who have died from the COVID-19 pandemic across the world.


The broadcast will be supported by EWTN and can be viewed on these platforms: