Coronation of Mary, August 22

Coronation of Mary, August 22


8:00 Our Lady, Queen of Angels

The fifth Glorious Mystery of the rosary crowns Mary as “Queen of Heaven.”  In 1954, Pope Pius XXII officially established the “Queenship of Mary,” not as an empty title or as an honorary distinction, but with its roots in scripture and most especially as Jesus’ mother – a queen by divine relationship.

A Queen Mother is one whose son later becomes king.  Jesus was king at birth.  Mary’s was a divine motherhood because she conceived a king.  It was the Angel Gabriel that told Mary the Lord God would give Jesus the throne of his father, David, and that of his kingdom there would be no end (Lk 1:32-33).

May is the month dedicated to Mary and this is the time when coronation is the traditional form of reverence shown to images of our Blessed Mother.  A crown is a symbol of a queen and of a follower of Christ.  Mary is the perfect follower, worthy of the “crown of glory” that is promised to those who follow Christ (1 Peter 5:4).

St. John saw Mary crowned in Revelations 12:1, “A great sign appeared in the sky, a women clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.”

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