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The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

August 22, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Marian Feasts, Saint of the Day, T, The Virgin Mary

The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Memorial)
Feast Day: August 22

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.

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“Let the entire body of the faithful pour forth persevering prayer to the Mother of God and Mother of men. Let them implore that she who aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers may now, exalted as she is in heaven above all the saints and angels, intercede with her Son in the fellowship of all the saints. May she do so until all the peoples of the human family, whether they are honored with the name of Christian or whether they still do not know their Savior, are happily gathered together in peace and harmony into the one People of God, for the glory of the Most Holy and Undivided Trinity.” (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, 69).

Source: Saint of the Day, American Catholic

Today’s Bible Reading

August 22, 2012: Matthew 20:1-16

The parable of the labourers in the vineyard. The ambition of the two sons of Zebedee. Christ gives sight to two blind men.

[1] The kingdom of heaven is like to an householder, who went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
[2] And having agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard.
[3] And going out about the third hour, he saw others standing in the market place idle.
[4] And he said to them: Go you also into my vineyard, and I will give you what shall be just.
[5] And they went their way. And again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did in like manner.
[6] But about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing, and he saith to them: Why stand you here all the day idle?
[7] They say to him: Because no man hath hired us. He saith to them: Go you also into my vineyard.
[8] And when evening was come, the lord of the vineyard saith to his steward: Call the labourers and pay them their hire, beginning from the last even to the first.
[9] When therefore they were come, that came about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny.
[10] But when the first also came, they thought that they should receive more: and they also received every man a penny.
[11] And receiving it they murmured against the master of the house,
[12] Saying: These last have worked but one hour, and thou hast made them equal to us, that have borne the burden of the day and the heats.
[13] But he answering said to one of them: Friend, I do thee no wrong: didst thou not agree with me for a penny?
[14] Take what is thine, and go thy way: I will also give to this last even as to thee.
[15] Or, is it not lawful for me to do what I will? is thy eye evil, because I am good?

[15] What I will: Viz., with my own, and in matters that depend on my own bounty.

[16] So shall the last be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.

Source: Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible

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