Queen of Heaven
Why is Mary the Queen of Heaven?
Mary. Our Queen and Queen of Heaven.
Our Blessed Virgin has a lot of titles. Our Lady of Good Help, Throne of Wisdom, Mother of Mercy, Our Lady of Peace, Our Lady of Mount Carmel… the list is nearly never ending.
Maybe those titles will be other posts. I do love the Blessed Virgin Mary. She really is the model for following Christ. She was there every step of the way.
But… QUEEN of HEAVEN. What does that mean? Where does that title come from?
Why is Mary our queen?
She was crowned after she was assumed into Heaven.
They don’t crown just anybody. They crown those worthy of being called King and Queen.
Diego Velazquez (link to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Diego_Vel%C3%A1zquez_012.jpg) painting of the crowning of the Blessed Virgin.
There are so many paintings of this. Beautiful.
We can look at all these, and just imagine that Heaven is SO MUCH BETTER than all of that. So much better.
And we can’t even imagine it. We can only know that we’ll be WITH CHRIST. There’s nothing better than that.
And we get to be with Mary.
Sometimes, when I really start thinking about my Catholic faith and our church, it just blows my mind. Our traditions and beliefs are so beautiful and wonderful I don’t know why anyone would want to practice any other religion.
Clearly, it happens, but why????? I can’t begin to answer it.
I’ve never thought about leaving the Church. I’ve had moments of not being as faithful as I am now (am I’m still not super concrete in my faith), but I’ve never thought about leaving.
ANYWAY. Back to Mary, our Queen.
Think about when Jesus was a child. Mary was there, leading him, teaching him, correcting him.
All that time, she knew, he knew, Joseph knew, that Jesus was going to go through trials but eventually overcome them and become king.
Mary played a vital role in Jesus’ life. And that’s why she should play a vital role in our lives.
It doesn’t mean we need to develop a devotion to the Blessed Rosary, though that’s a good thing that I sometimes think I should return to.
It doesn’t mean that we need to forget about our other devotions, but Mary is a huge advocate for us.
Imagine if your mom asks you to do something. She’s usually right, huh? Yes. Of course, she’s right. She’s your mom.
And you just have to do what she says, right? And it works out, right?
Moms are amazing.
Mary is even more amazing. She talks to Jesus. About us! About what we ask her.
She’s the Queen because she has power. She’s not a god. No. We don’t worship her, no. I’m not even going to really get into that. There are answers to that complaint elsewhere on the Internet that would do it better than I can do.
Mary intercedes for us with Jesus, she doesn’t do it for us.
But she’s strong and can talk to Jesus for us.
Joseph does the same thing.
But there can only be one King, and that is Jesus.
Not that Joseph isn’t an amazing intercessor as well, but let’s not get off-topic which I am so prone to do.
So by bearing Christ, she became our mother, by being crowned in Heaven, she became Queen.
Queen of HEAVEN, though.
So, the Queen of England only has power in England and the Commonwealth (I think that’s what all the countries are called when grouped together).
The Queen of Heaven, though, she has power everywhere.
There are some references to Mary, Queen of Heaven AND EARTH, but I haven’t read anything definitive on that.
But those in Heaven all have influence on what happens on Earth. They all can intercede for us if we ask.
Mary’s power extends to EVERYTHING. Heaven. Earth. Universe.
That’s not to hard to understand, I don’t think.
Mary, then, is Queen, and she should be treated like a Queen.
When we ask Mary to intercede for us, we should do so like we talk to our own Mom when we want something.
No, be respectful and honest with the Blessed Virgin. She has earned that dignity.
In 1946, Pope Pius XII sent the encyclical Deiparae Virginis Mariae to all the Bishops.
He referred to Mary as the “Queen of Heaven” in the letter.
“For a long time past, numerous petitions (those received from 1849 to 1940 have been gathered in two volumes which, accompanied with suitable comments, have been recently printed), from cardinals, patriarchs, archbishops, bishops, priests, religious OF BOTH SEXES, associations, universities and innumerable private persons have reached the Holy See, all begging that the bodily Assumption into heaven of the Blessed Virgin should be defined and proclaimed as a dogma of faith.”
He asks the Church to respond to his question:
“We earnestly beg you to inform us about the devotion of your clergy and people (taking into account their faith and peity) toward the Assumption of the most Blessed Virgin Mary. More especially we wish to know if you, Venerable Brethren, with your learning and prudence consider that the bodily Assumption of the Immaculate Blessed Virgin can be proposed and defined as a dogma of faith.”
It’s interesting how Catholic dogma is adopted sometimes.
And it’s cool that the Church keeps great records.
In Bendito seja, Pope Pius XII said, “He, the Son of God, relects on His heavenly Mother the glory, the majesty and the dominion of His kingship, for, having been associated to the King of Matyrs in the unspeakable work of human Redemption as Mother and cooperator, she remains forever associated to Him, with a practically unlimited power, in the distribution of the graces which flow from the Redemption. Jesus is King throughout all eternity by nature and by right of conquest: through Him, with Him and subordinate to Him, Mary is Queen by grace, by divine relationship, by right of conquest, and by singular choice [of the Father]. And her kingdom is as vast as that of her Son and God, since nothing is excluded from her dominion.”
In 1954, Pope Pius XII wrote Ad caeli Reginam, proclaiming the Queenship of Mary:
“From the earliest ages of the Catholic Church a Christian people, whether in time of triumph or more especially in time of crisis, has addressed prayers of petition and hymns of praise and veneration to the Queen of Heaven. And never has that hope wavered which they placed in the Mother of the Divine King, Jesus Christ; nor has that faith ever failed by which we are taught that Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, reigns with a mother’s solicitude over the entire world, just as she is crowned in heavenly blessedness with the glory of a Queen.”
Can’t put it any better than that.