August 22, 2015
Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practice what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long.
They love to have the place of honor at banquets and the best seats in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students. And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Messiah. The greatest among you will be your servant. All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble themselves will be exalted.
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Mary, Mother and Queen
In all the events of Mary’s life, she is always associated with Jesus. Further, today’s feast of Mary’s queenship has strong Scriptural roots, precisely because Mary’s title as queen is her sharing in Jesus’ kingship. At the Annunciation, the angel Gabriel announced that Mary’s Son would receive the throne of David and rule forever. And at the Visitation, Elizabeth calls Mary the “mother of my Lord.”
In the fourth century St. Ephrem called Mary “Lady” and “Queen.” Church fathers continued to use the title. Church hymns of the early centuries address Mary as queen: “Hail, Holy Queen,” (Salve Regina) and “Queen of Heaven” (Regina Coeli) are two of them. The Dominican rosary and numerous invocations in the Litany of Loreto celebrate her queenship.
Who among us doesn’t rely on special friends to make our way through life. Today’s feast offers the opportunity to reflect and celebrate Mary as a mentor, a special friend, the mother of Jesus. The hymn below celebrates the special role plays within my personal life and within our family.
—Jesuit Prayer Team
Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercies, our life, our sweetness, and our hope;
To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To you do send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious Advocate, your eyes of mercy towards us,
and after this exile show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.
O clement,O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
—Traditional Salve Regina Hymn
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