Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above
Intent: To honor our Blessed Mother, and for the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Era of Peace promised at Fatima
Chapter 2 of the Gospel of John tells the story of the wedding at Cana, where Our Lord performed His first public miracle.
The story continues and the waiters fill five large jugs with water, to which Jesus changes into wine—not just cheap wine, but “choice” wine. Of major significance in this story is Mary’s statement: “Do whatever he tells you.” Mary was chosen before time began to be the vessel that bore the Savior into the world. She has been called the Ark of the New Covenant. And just as the original Ark of the Covenant, which bore the Word of God inscribed on the tablets, was made with pure gold (Ex 25:11-21), so too was the Ark of the New Covenant (Mary) a vessel of utmost purity. Hence the Virgin Mary, by a special grace from God, was conceived and born without sin so that she could be a worthy vessel to bring the Word of God (Jn 1:1) into the world. Her role was to bring God into the world and to lead others to Him; instructing them “Do whatever He tells you.” And so now, in our time, her role has remained unchanged. She has appeared to numerous people throughout the centuries, and she has appeared with far greater frequency as we approach the third millennium. Her messages usually warn that mankind is straying far from God, and that if we do not return to Him, we are headed down a path of self destruction. As in the days when Jesus walked this earth, she still brings Jesus into the hearts of men by guiding people to her Son, and echoing the words, “Do whatever He tells you.”
Catholic Tradition affirms that Mary, when her earthly life was over, was taken—body and soul—into heaven (the Assumption) and crowned the Queen of heaven by Jesus (the Coronation of Mary). We pray that all Christians, especially non-Catholics, will come to believe in the unique role that God has given to our Blessed Mother for our era. We pray that through her powerful intercession, the Holy Spirit will come once again to cleanse and purify the world and to turn the hearts of men back to their God. This second Pentecost we pray for will truly be the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary—the Era of Peace that she foretold to the world at Fatima.