Celebrating Her Majesty: The Feast of the Queenship of Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth

A feast recognizing our Blessed Mother’s exalted role as the Queen of Heaven and Earth, following her Assumption into heaven.

Diego Velázquez: The Coronation of the Virgin (1645)

Prayer for the Feast of the Queenship of Mary

O Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth, on this feast day of your Queenship, we come before you with hearts full of love and devotion.

You who were chosen by God to be the Mother of His Son, and who now reign at His side in glory, look upon us, your children, with compassion and grace.

You are the Queen of all creation, the Mother of the Church, and our intercessor before the throne of God.

On this day, we acknowledge your exalted position and offer you our love, gratitude, and allegiance.

Help us, dear Mother, to follow your example of humility, obedience, and love. Guide us in our journey of faith, and intercede for us in our times of need.

May your Queenship remind us of the dignity and honor of being children of God, called to share in His kingdom.

O Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Our Lady’s Title as “The Queen”

Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary honors our Blessed Mother as the Queen of Heaven and Earth. It is celebrated annually on August 22nd, and it is a relatively modern addition to the liturgical calendar; having been established by Pope Pius XII in 1954 through his encyclical “Ad Caeli Reginam.”

The feast day is closely linked to the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which is celebrated on August 15th. The Assumption is the Church’s teaching from Sacred Tradition that Mary, at the end of her earthly life, was taken body and soul into heaven. The Queenship of Mary follows this event, emphasizing her exalted role as the Mother of God and her unique position as the Queen of all creation.

Theologically, the Queenship of Mary reflects her special relationship with our Lord Jesus, who is often referred to as the King of Kings. As the mother of the King, Mary is honored with the title of Queen. This title does not place her on the same level as Christ but recognizes her as a preeminent figure in salvation history and an intercessor for believers.

Throughout history, Mary has been venerated and honored in various cultures and traditions, often depicted in art and iconography as a queen. This feast day formalizes and emphasizes these devotions within the context of the Catholic liturgical calendar.

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