The Queenship of Mary: 7 Blog Posts on the Marian Feast

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is one of the many Marian feasts of the Catholic Church, and a topic, just like the Assumption, I have written about quite often on here. Below you will find links to the 7 blog posts on the Queenship of Mary, some that come from my weekly series – “Mondays with Mary.” 

Queen of Heaven – Diego Velázquez

I hope you enjoy them, learn from them, and share them with others. They are listed from the most recent to the first one I wrote in August 2012.

1.“Mondays with Mary – 7 Quotes on the Queenship of Mary by Blessed Pope Pius XII

2. “Mondays with Mary” – The Queen of Mercy

3.  Blessed John Paul II (now Pope St. JP 2) on the Queenship of Mary

4. The Queenship of Mary: Advocate, Co-Redemptrix, and Mediatrix

5. “Mondays with Mary” – If Jesus Christ is the King; then is Mary the Queen?

6. “Mondays with Mary” – The Queenship of Mary

7. “Mondays with Mary”: John the Apostle, Mother I Beseech You

O Theotokos and Advocating Queen Mother…Pray for All Christians and All of Humanity.

“Mondays with Mary” – Our Lady Queen of May

Since today is the 1st of May, I wanted to briefly explain to you why May is the month of Mary. During the month of May, we celebrate the Queen Jewel of all human creatures, the most beautiful and purest flower of all – the Blessed Virgin Mary.

On April 30, 1965, Blessed Paul VI promulgated a document titled, Menso Maio (the Month of May). The encyclical on the “Occasion of the First May” is written about the importance of the month of May and how Mary through her intercession and throne brings mercy to all of God’s people in a magnitude of great abundance (remember: the mercy comes from God as she intercedes for us). I would suggest reading 1 Kings 2:19-21 to see where the Tradition of Mary as Queen began. I have also written on this topic many times in the past. You can read those articles here.

As the Queen of May, Mary is also celebrated in her most magnificent role – Queen of the Universe. With Jesus, she rules from her Heavenly throne always seeking to bring all of humanity closer to her Son. Although many reject Christ, she still longs for them to be close to Him. As a good mother watches over her children, so too, does Mary as Our Queen Mother watch over us.

Queen of Heaven – Diego Velázquez

Even though Catholic devotion and admiration (not worship and adoration – that’s meant for God and God alone) is rooted in her love, mercy, and tenderness for us, it is truly Mary’s holiness and purity that unites us to her and assists us in having a deeper devotion to Jesus through Her. She seeks us the Immaculate Conception and the Perpetual Virgin to protect us from all sin and Satan, for she did not know either. She is the fairest of all of God’s creatures and seeks for us to know that sacrificial love that unfolds in her.

As we celebrate this month dedicated to her, let us appreciate the Immaculate Conception, who is our Mother. She who is “full of grace,” can intercede and aid us in our own impurities, which in turn will help us grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Our Lady Queen of May…Pray for Us

“Mondays with Mary” – The Marian Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi

Since Tuesday, October 4, is the memorial for Saint Francis of Assisi, I found it fitting to provide you today with his Marian prayer. Like many of the saints before him, and many of the saints after him, St. Francis of Assisi had a great devotion and love for the Blessed Virgin Mary. Three specific roles of the Blessed Virgin Mary that St. Francis focused on were – Mother, Advocate, and Queen.

Through the writings of St. Bonaventure, one of the great Franciscan theologians and the Seraphic Doctor, he says that St. Francis believes the following about Mary as Mother –

‘He loved with an unspeakable affection the Mother of the Lord Jesus Christ, forasmuch as that She had made the Lord of glory our Brother, and that through Her we have obtained mercy’ (Leg. Mai. IX,3). For who can make the Lord our Brother, if She not also be our Mother?’

In regards to Mary as Queen, St. Francis believes,

“When the man of God beheld it thus abandoned, by reason of the ardent devotion that he had toward the Sovereign Lady of the world, he took up abode there, that he might diligently labor to repair it.” (Leg. Mai II,8)

And lastly, St. Francis thinks the following about Mary as Advocate,

“In Her, after Christ, he put his chief trust, making Her his own patron and that of his Brethren…and in Her honor he fasted most devoutly from the Feast of the Apostles Peter and Paul unto the Feast of the Assumption” (Leg. Mai. IX, 3). “Now Francis, the servant of God, abiding at the church of the Virgin Mother of God, with continuous sighing besought Her that had conceived the Word full of grace and truth that She would deign to become his Advocate (Leg. Mai. III,1).”

Mary, Queen of Angels

All three of these roles are seen clearly in the Wedding Feast of Cana, where Mary speaks to the servants and tells them to do whatever Jesus asks them to do. In the Gospel of John, this first miracle is the borderline of all discipleship. Since the Apostles followed the Lord Jesus Christ and engaged in the apostolic life, which he taught them and was given to them on Pentecost, so would St. Francis follow the Lord, because he saw himself as a servant and disciple of Jesus Christ.

As I often do in many of my posts, I have given links to other blog posts that will lead you to understand theological ideas. It’s my hope that you will not only read this post, but also read the links as well in order to give yourself a better understanding of Marian theology completely.

Here is the Marian Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi –

Hail, holy Lady, most holy Queen,
Mary, Mother of God, ever Virgin.
You were chosen by the Most High Father in heaven,
consecrated by Him, with His most Holy Beloved Son and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.

On you descended and still remains all the fullness of grace and every good.
Hail, His Palace.
Hail His Tabernacle.
Hail His Robe.
Hail His Handmaid.
Hail, His Mother.
and Hail, all holy Virtues, who, by grace and inspiration of the Holy Spirit, are poured into the hearts of the faithful so that from their faithless state, they may be made faithful servants of God through you. Amen.

Our Lady as Mother, Queen, and Advocate…Pray for Us.

Saint Francis of Assisi…Pray for Us.