Friday, August 21, 2009
FEAST, QUEENSHIP OF MARY
FEAST, QUEENSHIP OF MARY
SATURDAY 20TH WEEK ORDINARY TIME – YEAR I
Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in
distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of
Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles, by
the way of the sea, along the Jordan-- The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of
death a light has dawned. You have enlarged the nation and increased
their joy; they rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest,
as men rejoice when dividing the plunder. For as in the day of
Midian's defeat, you have shattered the yoke that burdens them, the
bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor. Every
warrior's boot used in battle and every garment rolled in blood will
be destined for burning, will be fuel for the fire. For to us a child
is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his
shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in
haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and
greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant
leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried
out in a loud voice and said, "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." And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the
greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior."
God's ways are not our ways. The ways of the Church are not the ways
of the world. In 1954, the world lifted it's eyebrows in astonishment
when Pope Pius XII closed the Marian Year with the proclamation of a
new feast honoring Mary, the mother of Jesus. The new feast paid
tribute to Mary's Queenship.
For a thousand years, Mary's children had already been chanting the
Salve Regina, the Hail Holy Queen. This plainsong melody was
universally loved. It was the anthem in particular of Christian
working men. At the end of each day, bakers, blacksmiths, stonemasons
and carpenters would gather in a designated place for the singing of
the Salve Regina. At sunset, as ships ploughed through the western
sea, sailors would gather on deck to sing this same hymn to their
Mother and Queen.
The formal proclamation of Mary's Queenship is made in the first
chapter of St. Luke's Gospel. The Angel Gabriel salutes the Virgin of
Nazareth with these words: "Blessed are you among women." Gabriel
speaks for all of heaven's angels. A short time later, Mary enters the
home of her cousin Elizabeth. Elizabeth greets Mary using these same
words: "Blessed are you among women." Elizabeth speaks on behalf of
the whole human race.
Mary is Queen of our Universe. But she is much more. She is our Queen,
the Queen of each one of us. We, along with Catholics worldwide, echo
the words of proclamation each time we recite the Hail Mary, each time
individually or in groups we pray the rosary.
We pray …
… for a deep and profound respect for life, especially for the
… for the strength and healing of:
- Kevin, Keempee and Darlita
- Brenda Domingo-Solis
… for the speedy recovery and strength of Kurt Czyrell M. Sison
… for the health and well-being of Fe Vergel de Dios-Domingo
… for the personal intentions of
- Adoracion Alday
… for the safety of San Juan de Dios Hospital
… In Thanksgiving: Med Villanueva
… for the eternal repose of the soul of Imelda C. Barba. Eternal rest
grant unto her and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she and all
the dearly departed rest in peace.
… for all the prayer intentions in the MTQ Dailyprayer Diary.
- Birthday: Danny Lim
- Birthday: Geraldine Khu Tanco
- Birthday: Angelo Rose E. Calmon
- Birthday: Chie Christensen
- Prayer Intention: Feast Day of Mary the Queen Parish
- Thanksgiving: Consecration of Virgin Mary
… for the healing and peace of all families
Finally, we pray for one another, for those who have asked our prayers
and for those who need our prayers the most.
Have a good day!
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