Today is the Feast of the Queenship of Mary which is celebrated May 31 but was moved to this day following the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Mary in this picture is crowned but also has tears and has a pierced Heart. Mary weeps at our sinfulness and neglect of all that is holy. We can help Jesus crown His Mother by our faithfulness to Him - by doing whatever He tells us! This will lessen Her pain and sorrow.
To crown a piece of work signifies to give the finishing touches to its perfection. Mary is the greatest masterpiece of God! Her Son Jesus Christ crowned Her in Heaven and exalted Her virtues for all to see. Mary is Mother of Christ the King and stood beside Him at the crucifixion – participating in a spiritual way all that was endured by Christ for our Redemption. Even though She is crowned in Heaven as She deserves – She still remains at work in Her children on Earth. What a great consolation it is for us to know that She is both Mother and Queen to us all. Even from Her throne covered with glory, She always has her glance fixed on Earth.
We must place ourselves under Her Mantle for protection from a cold and dreary world. Let us make a resolution to always unite ourselves to Mary. Her glory does not separate Her from us and She is always our sweetest Mother. In the seventeenth century, St. Louis Mary de Montfort speaks often of Mary as Queen and Mother. St Therese of the Child Jesus stated, “Mary is more Mother than Queen”. Pope Leo XIII frequently called her “Queen of the Universe”. Pope Pius X taught: “Christ stands at the right hand of the Majesty on high… Mary as Queen stands at His right hand.”
The Church proclaims Her as Our Lady, as Queen of angels and saints, of patriarchs and prophets, of apostles and martyrs, of confessors and virgins, and proclaims Her the Glorious Queen of Heaven and Earth. Holy Mother Church calls upon us to implore Mary’s aid day and night, in sighing and weeping which is what we experience in this our exile on Earth. Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope is the cry we make each day in our Rosaries.
Let us honor Our Queen and Mother today and place ourselves in Her motherly arms for protection. Let us beg Her for the graces to love Her Son with all our hearts, mind and souls. Let us thank the eternal Father for so great a gift as Our Queen and Mother!
Holy Mother Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death so that we may live with You for all eternity giving praise to the Most Holy Trinity!
Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!