Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

A week after celebrating the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we observe the liturgical memorial of Her heavenly queenship. Of course, our Blessed Mother's bodily Assumption into heaven and Her coronation as Queen of Heaven are the fourth and fifth Glorious Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary. The fruits of these mysteries respectively are, the grace of a happy death, and trust in Her intercession. As St. John Damascene observed: "When she became Mother of the Creator, she truly became Queen of every creature."


Hans Urs Von Balthasar believed the Church, in her innermost essence, or being, exemplified by the laity, is Marian above all else, coming before what he set forth as her Petrine, Pauline, and Johannine dimensions. So, in the final chapter of his still very relevant and short essay, written prior to the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Razing the Bastions, he wrote:
Because the Church (also in her social being) is always present where there is a genuine Christian, and the more purely his Christian existence shines forth and becomes incarnated, the more purely the idea of the Church shines forth, it follows that the Church is present in her purest idea in the bodily Mother and spiritual Bride of the Lord: Mary. Thus, if one speaks of "ecclesial attitude", one must mean the attitude that filled Mary, since she is the embodiment of the Church as lived reality

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