St Peter & St Paul's Newsletter - May 2022 – Why May?

Letter from Revd Helen Burnett
Why May?

It could be named after the Roman goddess Maia, who oversaw the growth of plants, alternatively, the name may (oh dear!) have come from the Latin ‘maiores’ meaning elders, who were celebrated at this time of year. For some May is a month devoted to prayer to Mary the mother of our Lord.  Whatever the myths and meanings and traditions handed down to us in the naming of our calendar months they can still resonate.

This is still the time of year when we celebrate new growth and surely it is always good to remember our roots…..

In the church calendar May is entirely taken over by the Easter season, during which we hear stories of the courage and the endeavours of our ancestors in the Acts of the Apostles and during which we continue to celebrate the new life of the risen Christ.

This is also the month when the church calendar marks Rogation and we should traditionally beat the bounds and bless the fields. So, rooted in the wisdom handed down to us by previous generations, inspired by new growth in the natural world, encouraged by the idealism and energy of our children and young people let us be merry this May and embrace this season of rebirth, sure in the knowledge that we are constantly born again in Christ may we be inspired us to step out in hope.

Join in with the pilgrimage, join in with the craftivism, join in with the choir and join in with the party as we celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and remember and affirm that we stand in a long line of good people before and after who have dwelt here and worshipped here.