Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August Queen of Heaven, sovereign Mistress of the Angels, who didst receive from the beginning the mission and the power to crush the serpent’s head, we beseech thee to send thy holy angels, that under thy command and by thy power, they may pursue the evil spirits, encounter them on every side, resist their bold attacks, and drive them hence into the abyss of woe.

Today is the feast of the Queenship of Our Blessed Mother. Tradition has it, as represented by the 5th Glorious Mystery, Our Lady was crowned as Queen of Heaven and Earth (the universe, for that fact). According to doctrine, Mary was assumed into heaven and is with her son, Christ, Our Lord, as represented in Revelation 12:

"A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on its heads. Its tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that it might devour her child the moment he was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who 'will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.'And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled into the wilderness to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days."

- Revelation  12: 1-6

The Church teaches that, in this confusing passage, that it is Our Lady who is the woman, and Christ who is her child. The dragon who seeks to devour her child is Herod the Great, and by the child being brought to God and his throne, is the Paschal Mystery. Not in this passage, but as the chapter goes on, it mentions that, with the help of St. Michael, the children of the woman defeat the dragon. It is interpreted that the children of the woman, Mary, are Christians, who defeat the dragon, Satan. Other opinions state that the woman is the Church itself.

In England and other monarchies, the mother of the ruler (either king or queen) is called the queen mother. Since Christ is our King, and his mother is Mary, wouldn't she be the Queen Mother? Just sayin'.

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