Ad Caeli Reginam

As I said earlier in the week May is one of the months that is dedicated to Mary, specifically the Queenship of Mary. Ad Caeli Reginam is Encyclical from Pope Pius XII from 1954 which proclaimed the Queenship of Mary. Now this isn’t as long as the modern encyclicals from Francis and John Paul II. It is not separated into any sections and it focuses on Mary.

We begin with the idea that Mary has been a major figure in the Church for ages as ” Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, reigns with a mother’s solicitude over the entire world.” Pius continues the history of Marian devotion highlighting the dogma of the Assumption established in Munificentissimus Deus and the Immaculate Conception established in Ineffabilis Deus the Apostolic constitution from Pius IX as well as the “current” Marian Year in 1954. In light of the urging from all over the world  the Pope has decided to institute the liturgical feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary,this feast was put on May 31 it was moved by Paul VI to August 22, the octave of the Assumption.

Then Pius XII goes into the belief from ancient days that since Mary is the mother of Jesus she has a special place in heaven. It continues from various saints through the ages have been calling Mary a queen. The Encyclical ends nicely as it goes with “let no one consider himself exempt from this tribute of a grateful and loving soul – let him invoke the most effective of Queens, the Mediatrix of peace; let him respect and preserve peace, which is not wickedness unpunished nor freedom without restraint, but a well-ordered harmony under the rule of the will of God; to its safeguarding and growth the gentle urgings and commands of the Virgin Mary impel us.”

Take some time this month of May and reflect on the Virgin Mother, pick up a Rosary at some point this month.

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