Memorial of the Queenship of Mary

Today we celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen.
At your right hand, Lord, stands the queen, her robes adorned with gold, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
Come, let us worship Christ the King, who has crowned his own Mother.

(Thank you to Daylesford Abbey)

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  1. Here is some more information about this feast day from Fr. James Martin, S.J.:

    AmericanCatholic.org has a succinct summary of the feast on their website: “Pope Pius XII established this feast in 1954. But Mary’s queenship has roots in Scripture. At the Annunciation, Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever. At the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary 'mother of my Lord.' As in all the mysteries of Mary’s life, Mary is closely associated with Jesus: Her queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship. We can also recall that in the Old Testament the mother of the king has great influence in court.

    In the fourth century, St. Ephrem called Mary 'Lady' and 'Queen.' Later Church fathers and doctors continued to use the title. Hymns of the 11th to 13th centuries address Mary as queen: 'Hail, Holy Queen,' 'Hail, Queen of Heaven,' 'Queen of Heaven.' The Dominican rosary and the Franciscan crown as well as numerous invocations in Mary’s litany celebrate her
    queenship.

    The feast is a logical follow-up to the Assumption and is now celebrated on the octave day of that feast. In his encyclical 'To the Queen of Heaven,' Pius XII points out that Mary deserves the title because she is Mother of God, because she is closely associated as the New Eve with Jesus’ redemptive work, because of her preeminent perfection and because of her intercessory power.”

    Here is a detail from the great mural at the Chapel of Madonna della Strada at Loyola University Chicago, depicting the crowning of Mary, with the Jesuit saints surrounding her.

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