Celebrated eight days after the feast of the Assumption, this day reminds us of what Scripture and Tradition teach about the amazing role of Mary in salvation history. In the Bible, we can read about the angel announcing that her Son would be given the throne of David (Luke 1:32). She is also the “woman clothed with the sun … with a crown of twelve stars on her head” from Revelation 12:1-3, and “the mother of my Lord” from Luke 1:43. When you think about Jesus being the King of kings (1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 19:16), it just makes sense that Mary, His mother, would be the queen mother. Simply put, Mary is a queen because her Son is the King!
This feast is fairly new, having been established in 1954, but that doesn’t mean Mary’s queenship is a new idea. There are many examples of her being known as queen from almost the very beginning of the Church. Pope Pius XII, by creating this feast, made an official celebration for a truth that Catholics have always known.
There’s a famous Latin saying, Lex orandi, lex credenti, which loosely translated means the Church prays what She believes, and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (also known as the Litany of Loreto) is an excellent example of this idea. We can learn a tremendous amount of what the Church teaches about Mary by simply looking at the different titles she’s given in this prayer. Take some time today to consider some of the titles of Mary and learn more of what we believe about her. (If you pray this litany with two or more people, have one leader read each title and the rest respond “pray for us.”)
This would also be a good day to do any activity with a “regal” theme:
- Make crown shaped sugar cookies and decorate them with candy jewels.
- Little girls can dress as princesses and boys can wear crowns as they all try to follow Mary’s perfect example today.