|By Enguerrand Quarton|
On October 11, 1954, Pope Pius XII instituted the Feast of The Queenship of Mary. Today we celebrate it on August 22.
He, the Son of God, reflects on His heavenly Mother the glory, the majesty and the dominion of His kingship, for, having been associated to the King of Martyrs in the ... work of human Redemption as Mother and cooperator, she remains forever associated to Him, with a practically unlimited power, in the distribution of the graces which flow from the Redemption. Jesus is King throughout all eternity by nature and by right of conquest: through Him, with Him, and subordinate to Him, Mary is Queen by grace, by divine relationship, by right of conquest, and by singular choice [of the Father].
From a May 13, 1946 radio address by Pope Pius XII.
The mother of the Davidic king was a queen in her own right. "So Bathsheba went to King Solomon, to speak to him on behalf of Adonijah. And the king rose to meet her, and bowed down to her; then he sat on his throne, and had a seat brought for the king's mother; and she sat on his right." 1 Kings 2:19.
Where shall they go that have delight in honour,
When all men honour nothing but delight?
Chesterton posed this question. The answer is men go to Mary the Queen. Catholics, perhaps particularly Catholic men, can be glad that their heavenly kingdom does not lack a queen. Not to take anything away from the devotion of women, but a queen elicits a unique kind of devotion from men.
Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae;
vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae.
Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia ergo, advocata nostra,
illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte.
Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui,
nobis post hoc exsilium ostende.
O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria.