05 Our Lady, Queen of Peace - Dr. Celcio Dias

posted Jun 6, 2018, 10:10 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Jun 6, 2018, 10:11 AM ]
Pope Benedict XV called the First World War the 'suicide' of Europe. After diplomatic efforts were exhausted, he called on the children of the world, and especially of the warring nations, to unite in prayer and to receive Holy Communion on July 30, which was the second anniversary of the declaration of war; in reparation for the crimes of men and in supplication for peace. In a letter dated May 5, 1917, he ordered the invocation: 'Queen of Peace, pray for us!' to be inserted universally into the Litany of Loreto. Just eight days later, the Most Holy Virgin, Queen of Peace, appeared to the three shepherd children in Fatima to help save the world from terrible wars and persecutions wrought by mankind's sinfulness.

Peace is a blessing of Christ and does not come from the world, to pursue peace entails suffering and persecution (Matthew 10:34-39). Mary brought forth the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:5). It is peace of heart that puts anxiety and fear to flight, since it is the fruit of the complete teaching brought us by the Holy Spirit and partakes of the joy of heavenly hope (John 14:26-28).

Pope Pius XII, in 1954, instituted the liturgical Feast of Queenship of Mary, and issued the encyclical Ad Caeli Reginam (To the Queen of Heaven): The Blessed Virgin Mary should be called Queen, not only because of Her Divine Motherhood, but also because God has willed Her to have an exceptional role in the work of our eternal salvation. The royalty of Mary is a participation in the royal dignity of Jesus Christ, but in a limited and analogical way. It includes: (1) A pre-eminence, of primary excellence, because the Blessed Virgin "surpasses in dignity all Creation," according to the words of St Germanus (d. 733). (2) A royal power, which authorises Her to distribute the fruits of the Redemption. (3) An inexhaustible efficacy of intercession with Her Son and the Father: She pleads strongly for us with a Mother's prayers, and what She seeks She finds, nor can She ask in vain.

On March 21, 1981, the Church gave us a new rite for crowning an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She deserves to be Queen because She is: (1) the Mother of the Son of God and the Messianic King; (2) the loving Associate of the Redeemer; (3) the perfect follower (or disciple) of Christ and (4) the most excellent member of the Church.