This is a most beautiful Feastday – a great way to end May – the Month of Our Lady!
We celebrate Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth.
Some Christians might ask – why do Catholics honour Mary as Queen?
In the Old Testament, it wasn’t the wife of the King who was the Queen, It was the mother of the King, and she sat at his right hand. Jesus is the King of Heaven and Earth, so this means that Mary is the Queen of Heaven and Earth. It makes wonderful sense to Catholics. We have a Heavenly Mother to intercede for us and pray for us, to guide us, and to distribute graces to us.
We love our Heavenly Mother.
We started with a hymn , a little procession and the crowning of Mary as Queen, followed by a special prayer of Consecration to our blessed Mother. Then we all sang Hail Queen of heaven, which then led into the Mass. We had a sermon, and the litany which was sung in Latin while we processed. At the end we sang “On this day, O Beautiful Mother,,,” before we all hurried off to our places of work/ dropping children off to school etc…
I was most taken at Mass this morning by the beautiful words in the Proper of today’s Mass. What a beautiful way to start the day!
Let us all rejoice in the Lord,
celebrating a feast in honor of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
at whose solemnity the angels rejoice and join in praising the Son of God.
(P.T. Alleluia, alleluia) (Ps. 44: 2) My heart hath uttered a good word; I speak my works to the King.…
Grant us, we beseech Thee, Lord, that we who celebrate the festival of the
Blessed Virgin Mary our Queen, may,by her assistance, obtain peace in this
life and glory in the next.…
EPISTLE: Ecclesiasticus 24: 5, 7, 9-11, 30-31
I came out of the mouth of the Most High, the firstborn before all creatures.
I dwelt in the highest places, and my throne is in a pillar of cloud. And I
have stood in all the earth and in every people, and in every nation I
have had the chief rule. And by my power I have trodden under my feet
the hearts of all the high and low. He that harkeneth to me shall not be
confounded, and they that work by me shall not sin. They that explain me
shall have life everlasting.
Alleluia Alleluia, Blessed art thou, O Virgin Mary, who didst take thy stand
beneath the cross of the Lord. Alleluia. Now, with Him dost thou reign
GOSPEL Luke 1: 26-33
(The story of the Annunciation)
Sprung from a royal race Mary shines with glory. Devoutly in hearts and
minds we plead for the help of her prayers. Alleluia
Receive, O Lord, we implore Thee, the gifts of Thy rejoicing Church, and grant that through the merits of the blessed Virgin Mary, our Queen, they may avail to our salvation.…
O Mary, ever Virgin, who because of thy great worth, God set up as Queen
of the whole world, pray for our peace and salvation, for Thou hast brought
forth Christ the Lord, the Savior of us all. Alleluia.
With joy we have celebrated these mysteries, O Lord, on the feast of the
blessed Virgin Mary, our Queen; we beseech Thee that as they have been
performed with joy in her honor, so by her intercession they may avail for our salvation….
“O Mary conceived without sin,
pray for us who have recourse to Thee”