Posted August 21, 2013 by FLL Editorial Team in
 
 

Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Memorial)

Mary crowned as queen聖母元后(紀念)

教宗庇護十二世在 1954 年定下日子讓教會慶祝聖母為天地元后。這紀念日本在五月三十一日,到 1970 年被改為聖母升天後的第八日。

教會尊耶穌之母為元后,在聖經是有跡可尋的。在路加福音中,天使加俾額爾向瑪利亞預報說,天主要把達味的御座賜給她的兒子,他的王權沒有終結。後來當瑪利亞向依撒伯爾請安,依撒伯爾充滿了聖神回應:「在女人中妳是蒙祝福的,妳的胎兒也是蒙祝福的。吾主的母親駕臨我這裡,這是我那裡得來的呢?看,妳請安的聲音一入我耳,胎兒就在我腹中歡喜踴躍。那信了由上主傳於她的話必要完成的,是有福的。」既然耶穌是普世的君王,祂的王權沒有終結,那麼祂的母親瑪利亞在升天後被尊為后,是合情合理的。

天主,讓我們效法聖母瑪利亞,全心全意毫無保留地接納祢的旨意,並以謙卑的心去遵從。

萬福瑪利亞,妳充滿聖寵,主與你同在,妳在婦女中受讚頌,妳的親子耶穌同受讚頌。天主聖母瑪利亞,求妳現在和我們臨終時,為我們罪人祈求天主。亞孟。

Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Pope Pius XII established this feast in 1954 to celebrate Mary as the Queen of Heaven. Initially the feast day was on May 31st. In 1970 it’s been changed to the octave day of the Assumption.

In Pope Pius XII’s 1954 encyclical, he pointed out that Mary deserves the title because of several reasons: she is the Mother of God, she participated closely with Jesus in His redemptive work, and because of her preeminent perfection and intercessory power.

Mary’s queenship has biblical roots. In the gospel according to Luke, during the annunciation, the angel Gabriel prophesied that Mary will bear a son, and “He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of David his father, and he will rule over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” Then when Mary went to greet Elizabeth, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and said to her, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” As Jesus is the king of the everlasting kingdom, then it is logical to follow that His mother Mary is crowned as queen after the Assumption into heaven.

Dear Lord, help us follow Mary in her footsteps, to become a disciple of Jesus Christ who submits totally and humbly to God’s will.

Hail Mary, full of grace. Our Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

References:
Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Mary, Mother of God and Queen of Heaven


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