Saturday, August 22, 2009

The Queenship of Mary

Today we celebrate the Queenship of Mary, something we also meditate on when we pray the Glorious Mysteries of the rosary. This observance brings to an end the octave of our observance of her glorious Assumption.

Remember, O most blessed Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen."

The fruit of the fifth Glorious Mystery of the rosary is faith in Mary's intercession. In Catholic theology we speak of latria, dulia, and hyper-dulia. Latria means worship, which is given to God and God alone: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Dulia means veneration. We venerate the saints. Hyper-dulia means something like super-veneration and falls somehere between latria and dulia, which we give to Mary in recognition of her unique and indispensable role in the economy of salvation.

Pray for us O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ!

Veni Sancti Spiritus, veni per Mariam.

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