The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary | iPray with the Gospel
The angel Gabriel said, “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be. And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
Hail, Holy Queen! Mother of Mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope! Hail, Mother of the King of Kings, Queen of Angels, Queen of Patriarchs, Queen of Prophets, Queen of Apostles, Queen of the Universe, Queen Mother… my Mother! What will you not do for your children?
In the old days, the mother of the king was called the Queen Mother. She would sit on the king’s right, trusted as a confidante and advisor. The mother of King Solomon, for instance, had that position and when people wanted something from the king, they would ask her to intercede before Solomon. The Queen Mother has a real power of intercession for her children. She cares about us and spends her time in Heaven telling God good things about us.
A ten-year-old boy who was a paralytic went to Lourdes to pray for a miracle. During Benediction with the Blessed Sacrament he was in his wheelchair, close to the aisle where the procession was passing by. Staring at Jesus in the monstrance and pointing upwards with his index finger, the boy said in a loud voice: ‘If you don’t heal me I’ll tell Your Mother!’ At the end of the ceremony, when the monstrance passed by the boy, again the priest was surprised to hear the same prayer: ‘Sure I will… I’ll tell Your Mother!’ But he was all the more surprised when suddenly, to the amazement of the whole congregation, the boy stood up – completely healed.
My Mother, Queen of all Saints, Queen of the Family, Queen of Peace! I love you, because you always listen to your children and the King of Kings always listens to you.
Rev. George Boronat M.D. S.T.D is a Catholic priest from the Prelature of Opus Dei, working in the Archdiocese of Southwark in London. He is the Chaplain of The Cedars Independent School in Croydon, and also works as Chaplain of Kelston Club & Study Centre (Balham) and Oakwood Independent School (Purley). He has developed his pastoral ministry mainly with young people and is the author of iPray with the Gospel: Resources to Help Young People Pray (www.ipraywiththegospel.org).