Today we celebrate the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, established by Pope Pius XII in 1954. Although the proclamation of this feast is relatively recent in Church history, devotion to Our Lady as Queen, goes back the fourth century. Saints Ephrem and Gregory Nazianzen and Origen stand among those who preached about her as a queen. (Click here for more the proclamation of the feast from the Vatican.) St. Alphonsus Ligouri writes: “Because the virgin Mary was raised to such a lofty dignity as to be the mother of the King of kings, it is deservedly and by every right that the Church has honored her with the title of ‘Queen’.
So, I ask you today, “Is Mary the Queen of your life?”
Do you obey her? Our Lady has come back to earth many times to guide us in how to live. Have we responded generously to her requests:
At Fatima (1917), she asked us to pray the rosary for the conversion of sinners and the conversion of Russia. She asked us to make a reparation Communion on the First Saturdays of the month, and to go to confession. Do we frequent the sacraments?
At Lourdes (1858), she affirmed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. Do we obey the teachings of the Church?
At La Salette (1846), she cried over the sins of the world, saying, “If My people do not obey God, I shall be forced to let go of My Son’s Hand.” Do we turn away from evil, confess our sins, do penance, and pray?
At Alyseford, England as Our Lady of Mount Carmel (1251), she gave us the brown scapular. Do we wear it as a “badge of salvation and a shield against danger” knowing it is “a pledge of peace and special protection until the end of time?”
At Guadalupe (1531), she came to us as a pregnant woman carrying the savior of the world in her womb. Do we protect, defend, and pray for the unborn?
Do you follow her lead? A queen acts as a role model to her subjects. Indeed, she is a woman whom all should desire to imitate. Her obedience to God changed the world – as can ours! Throughout history, the saints have called us to grow in imitation of her virtues especially faith, hope, and love, and those of purity and humility. Do we focus our prayer and our lives on growing in virtue?
The Marians of the Immaculate Conception pray the “Chaplet of the Ten Evangelical Virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary” as part of their rule. It is a 10 bead chaplet that’s very simple to pray. You can see it online here or download it here. I’ve never seen it before, so I thought I’d pass it along. It would be a great thing to teach your children, as well. If you don’t have a 10 bead chaplet, or would prefer not to purchase one, making it is pretty simple as well. Here are instructions on how to make sacrifice beads. You can use the same approach for this chaplet putting a crucifix on one end and a medal of the Divine Mercy on the other.
Whatever road you take to grow in faithfulness to the Queen of Heaven and Earth doesn’t matter. Many paths lead to the same end. What is important is the end and it starts at the beginning.
So today, begin anew your devotion to the Our Lady, Queen of heaven.
O Mary, conceived without sin pray for us who have recourse to you! Anne
Hail, Holy Queen
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.