By Andy Drozdziak
The charity Mary’s Meals is encouraging Catholics to get on their knees in May and pray for its mission.
During May, the month traditionally dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the charity is asking people to pray that its work continues to flourish and grow, and that more children’s lives will be transformed by receiving a daily meal in school.
The charity, which feeds more than 2.4 million children every school day, strives to encourage hungry children into the classroom where, instead of searching for food, they can gain an education. Prayer is seen as a helpful response during the current cost-of-living crisis.
“At a time when people may feel they are unable to donate, joining our Pray In May campaign – perhaps just taking a minute out of their day – is an important way to show support for our work and to let the children who eat Mary’s Meals know that there are people thinking of them,” Fran Lawson, supporter engagement officer at Mary’s Meals, said.
Fran Lawson also explained that their mission provides ‘light in darkness’ for many hungry children.
“By asking for God’s continued blessing for our mission, we can give strength to those poverty-stricken communities where Mary’s Meals is a beacon of hope,” she said.
“Our meals provide light in darkness for those suffering from the challenges of conflict, extreme hunger and natural disasters in places including Ethiopia, Yemen and South Sudan.”
Suggestions for getting involved in Pray In May include praying the rosary for the charity’s work, encouraging a church to host a holy hour, asking parish groups to organise a time of prayer for Mary’s Meals, and helping children to pray for the charity’s work.
Mary’s Meals has produced a series of downloadable resources to support these activities, which are available on its website.
Hannah Moore from the charity underlined the ‘amazing opportunity’ presented by the prayer challenge.
“This May, we have an amazing opportunity to lift up our eyes and acknowledge the goodness and faithfulness of God as we pray for the work of Mary’s Meals,” Hannah said.
“We might be still at the beginning of our journey, but the steps we have taken so far have been nothing short of extraordinary. May we spend this month rejoicing in all that God has done through Mary’s Meals and continue to ask that He may provide for us into the next chapters of our story.”
For more information, and to download the Pray in May resources, please visit marysmeals.org.uk/get-involved/churches-and-prayers/pray-in-may