Monday, August 22, 2005

Today is the Feast of Mary our Queen. In ancient cultures, the Queen was not the wife of a king, since kings could have many wives. The Queen was the mother of the King and was treated accordingly. Think of the Queen Mum in England.

And a great sign appeared in heaven:
a woman clothed with the sun,
and the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars

(Rev 12:1)


G. Thomas Fitzpatrick said...

Scott Hahn in Hail, Holy Queen does a nice job describing the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, equating it exactly to the Davidic queenships of ancient Israel. A good short read if you haven't found it already.

4HisChurch said...

Thanks! I have heard of it but I haven't actually read it. Thanks for the recomendation.

Saint Peter's helpers said...

I'm so grateful for this clarification about the queen being the mother! Thank you also for the book recommendation!

4HisChurch said...

Isn't it great how there is so much Truth in the Church?

Saint Peter's helpers said...

Yes, it's a great gift! The Catholic Church is the source of all Truth that even the secular world finds such rich resource.

4HisChurch said...

True! My husband learned about the Mass when he majored in music at a secular college. He was raised with no belief system at all and his first exposure to Catholicism was through music.

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