August 22: Mary Queen of Heaven and Earth


In the Old Testament, under some Davidic kings, the gebirah, the Great Lady”, usually the Mother of the King, held great power as advocate with the king. In 1 Kings 2:20, Solomon said to his Mother Bathsheba, seated on a throne at his right, “Make your request, Mother, for I will not refuse you.” 

In the New Testament, the title has several biblical sources. At the Annunciation, the archangel Gabriel announces that [Jesus]

“… will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David. He will rule over the house of Jacob forever and his reign will be without end.”(Luke 1:32)

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The Crowning of the Virgin by the Trinity.Velázquez, 1645

The biblical precedent in ancient Israel is that

the mother of the king becomes the queen mother. Mary’s queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship.

Mary is the woman clothed with the sun in the Book of Revelation 12:1-3:

 ” A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads.”

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The Crowning of the Virgin by the Trinity.Velázquez, 1645

The Church accepts Revelation 12 as a reference to Mary, Israel, and the Church as a three-fold symbolism through the Book of Isaiah and affirms Mary as the mother of Jesus as the prophetic fulfilment described in Revelation 12 (cf. Isaiah 7:14, 26:17, 54:1, 66:7)

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“Blessed are you among women.” The prophetic or fuller sense of this declaration must include the Queenship of Mary.

Mary says, “henceforth all generations will call me blessed.” 

Blessed Mother, Queen of Heaven, pray for us.

 

 

 ” A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads.”

 

 

 

Mary Crowned Queen of Heaven

Coronation of Mary, Queen of Heaven

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4 thoughts on “August 22: Mary Queen of Heaven and Earth

  1. Pingback: August 22: Mary Queen of Heaven and Earth - CATHOLIC FEAST - Every day is a Celebration

  2. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary means more to me since I’ve had some Bible study. I now am on a great path to a better understanding of the wonderful and unique role our Blessed Mother was granted by saying “yes” to becoming the mother of the Christ.

  3. Pingback: August 22: Mary Queen of Heaven and Earth | Catholic Canada

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