August 22, 2020

Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Last week we celebrated the assumption of Mary into heaven. This week we celebrate her queenship. This feast has at least tenuous roots in Scripture. When Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth called Mary “mother of my Lord.” As in all the mysteries of Mary’s life, she is closely associated with Jesus: Her queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship. As queen mother, she has great influence in the courts of heaven.

In the fourth century, Saint 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,” and many such titles.

As Saint Paul suggests in Romans 8:28–30, God has predestined human beings from all eternity to share the image of his Son. All the more was Mary predestined to be the mother of Jesus. As Jesus was to be king of all creation, Mary, in dependence on Jesus, was to be queen. All other titles to queenship derive from this eternal intention of God. As Jesus exercised his kingship on earth by serving his Father and his fellow human beings, so did Mary exercise her queenship. As the glorified Jesus remains with us as our king till the end of time (Matthew 28:20), so does Mary, who was assumed into heaven and crowned queen of heaven and earth.

All this talk of the “kingdom” of God should not fail to remind us that it consists of love and mercy. We experience the love of Jesus each time we celebrate the Eucharist. There we commemorate his pouring out his life for us on the cross. If we wish to be true followers of our eucharistic king and our queen, our own lives should exemplify these same qualities.

Let Us Pray:

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope, turn your eyes of mercy toward us.


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About Paul J. Bernier, SSS

Blessed Sacrament Father Paul J. Bernier served for many years as the editor of Emmanuel. He is a popular writer, preacher, and director of retreats. Among his many published works is Ministry in the Church: A Historical and Pastoral Approach, Second Edition, published by Orbis Books in 2015.