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Hail, Holy Queen!
Happy Feast of the Queenship of Mary!
By Chris Sparks (Aug 21, 2013)
When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." — Luke 1:41-45
Blessings to all who chose the Feast of the Queenship of Mary as the day they entrust their lives to her. Congratulations on your consecration to Jesus through Mary!
The Marians of the Immaculate Conception (MICs), Father Michael Gaitley's religious order, celebrate Marian Week starting on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption, and ending on August 22, the Feast of the Queenship of Mary. It's basically a week bookended by the last two Glorious mysteries of the Rosary. The Second Vatican Council had this to say about Mary's Assumption and Queenship:
Finally, the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all guilt of original sin, on the completion of her earthly sojourn, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen of the universe, that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and the conqueror of sin and death. — Lumen Gentium, 59
She is Queen to conform her more closely to her royal Son, the Son of David and the eternal Son of God the Father, whose kingdom shall have no end. And what model of royalty does Jesus offer?
Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, Who, though He was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, He emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, He humbled Himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. — Phil 2:5-11
Jesus is raised on high as king because He is a faithful Son of God the Father. Jesus empties Himself, giving everything in obedience to the will of the Father. The first Adam seized the forbidden fruit in an attempt to grasp divinity. Jesus, the new Adam, is humble, becoming obedient unto death, even death on a cross.
So then Mary is Queen and Mother because of her humble acceptance of the will of God. When the archangel Gabriel comes to her to ask on behalf of God if she would consent to be the Spouse of the Spirit and the Mother of the eternal Son of the Father, she responded, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." (Lk 1:38) Mary remained without sin from the moment of her conception to the time of her Assumption into heaven. She did not grasp at divinity, but emptied herself, becoming obedient even unto walking with her Son every step of the way throughout His life, even unto accepting the sorrows and trials that came with her role as Mother of God. She is known as Our Lady of Sorrows for a reason.
So her Queenship was wrought in the marriage of grace and nature in her Immaculate Conception; in her "yes" to God's call which opened the gates of heaven to allow the Word to become flesh and dwell among us; in her quiet maternity of the most extraordinary child in the history of humanity; in her perpetual virginity; in her faithful love and presence in the life of her Son; in her tears during His passion; in the wood and iron of the crucifixion; in the light of the Resurrection; in her patient prayer with the early Church after the Ascension; and finally in her glorious Assumption into heaven. Mary's Queenship is the fruit of much sowing, of much suffering, of much giving to God — everything she had, everything she was, given to God.
She did not see Queenship as something to be grasped, but emptied herself. And, emptying, received Queenship over all.
If you consecrated to Jesus through Mary, we'd love to hear your story. Please take a moment and share your journey below. If you have pictures, we'd love to see them, too. Just email them to HAPP@Marian.org. To go deeper into the Church's teaching about the Queenship of Mary, see Dr. Robert Stackpole's great article.
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Our life, our sweetness, and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs,
mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn, then, most gracious advocate,
thine eyes of mercy toward us,
And after this, our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet virgin Mary.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.