MAY …THE MONTH OF MARY
OUR LADY OF GRACE
May the most beautiful time of the year when spring is at the height of its beauty. May altars are dedicated to Our Lady and are created during this month and are decorated with flowers that are in bloom.
It’s a tradition for Cathaloic families and schools to create these altars to honour Our Lady in a special way during May by putting up a small altar in the home or classroom where they can pray together there.
The centre of the May altar is a statue of the blessed virgin placed on a small table or a window ledge. Flowers of the season are picked and placed around the statue to express our love for mary. Items of devotion such as a rosary beads a small crucifix or a prayer book or a candle can also be included in the altar.
John J. Byrne Craft & Religious Souvenirs shop is located in the village of Knock in the county of Mayo Ireland. It was established in the 1930s and has always been a family run business now owned by John Byrne. The shop was passed down to John from his father John Joe Byrne who was a son of Dominick Byrne one of the visionaries of the Apparition in 1879 at Knock Shrine. The shop is located on main street Knock right beside the entrance to the Knock Shrine and is only a 10-minute drive from Ireland West Airport Knock.
Due to the Covid-19 situation we have had to close our shop door for the meantime, however you are still able to purchase religious goods and gifts through our online shop www.knockreligiousgoods.ie