REJOICE YOU HEAVENS AND ALL THAT DWELL THEREIN
Brothers and Sisters,
I love the Solemnity of the Assumption which we celebrate every 15th of August – mark you calendars for next year, too! Every year also on the 22nd of August, always one week afterwards, we celebrate the follow up holy day: the Feast of Our Lady Mother and Queen. The feast celebrates the coronation of Blessed Mother as Queen of Heaven and Earth. In fact, from our Rosary we know that this day was coming: the Assumption is the Fourth Glorious Mystery, followed by the Fifth Glorious mystery being the Coronation.
While this feast day does not get all the glitz and glamour of being a holy day of obligation like the Assumption does, I want to share with you why this day is very important and not superfluous to the calendar. Even more so, without this moment of Blessed Mother’s crowning, there would be something missing.
The idiom “crowning achievement” or “crowning glory” is more commonly known around the world by the German meisterstuck and the French chef d’oeuvre. So, very roughly translated to English these terms would mean “masterpiece.” However that word, along with the two “crowning” idioms above, have the same limitation: that somehow we are at the end or have completed our task – like when an athlete gets a medal when he or she has completed the race, or as a monarch receives his or her crown when there are no further steps to climb on the royal ladder.
In the German and French terms, the idea of the word is not so much an ending as a moment to recognize what one is now able to do. In French cooking, for example, a master chef is not one who has done something in the past that is worthy of recognition, but more so a recognition of what that chef is now able to do. A master chef is now so skilled that he or she is able to create wondrous experiences with food – it is a forward moving idea, not a static trophy for yesterday’s deeds.
Blessed Mother’s coronation is similar: we recognize what she is now able to do. Yes, it is true that she was an amazing – the best, in fact – of Christians while she lived on Earth and was a phenomenal mother to Christ. Even though none could top her earthly achievements, from Heaven she is able to do so much more.
Use the Memorare prayer everyday:
Remember, O most gracious virgin Mary, that never was it known that any one who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought they intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence we fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, our mother. To thee do we come, before thee we stand sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our pleas but in Thy mercy hear and answer us. Amen.
God be near,