Mary's queenship is a mission of love and of service, Pope tells audience
August 22, 2012
The Virgin Mary “will not fail to intercede for us with her Son,” Pope Benedict XVI assured his weekly audience on August 22, the feast of the Queenship of Mary.
In his remarks to the crowd that gathered at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, the Pope returned to a theme that he had explored during his public audience the previous Sunday, in which he emphasized that Jesus did not come to set up an earthly kingdom. For Mary too, the Holy Father said, queenship “has nothing to do with that of the powerful of this earth.” She is a queen “in her service to God and to humanity."
Pope Benedict observed that the renovation of the liturgical calendar after Vatican II placed the feast of the Queenship of Mary at the close of the octave of her Assumption. That placement, he said, underlines “the close link between Mary’s royal nature and her glorification in body and soul beside her Son.”
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