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.