Thought for the Day – 22 August – Queen of the World and of Peace

Thought for the Day – 22 August – Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Queen of the World and of Peace

Saint Amadeus of Lausanne (1108-1159)

An excerpt from a Sermon

Observe how fitting it was that even before her assumption, the name of Mary shone forth wondrously throughout the world.   Her fame spread everywhere even before she was raised above the heavens in her magnificence.   Because of the honour due her Son, it was indeed fitting for the Virgin Mother to have first ruled upon earth and then be raised up to heaven in glory.   It was fitting that her fame be spread in this world below, so that she might enter the heights of heaven on overwhelming blessedness.   Just as she was borne from virtue to virtue by the Spirit of the Lord, she was transported from earthly renown to heavenly brightness.

So it was, that she began to taste the fruits of her future reign while still in the flesh.   At one moment she withdrew to God in ecstasy, at the next, she would bend down to her neighbours with indescribable love.   In heaven angels served her, while here on earth she was venerated by the service of men.   Gabriel and the angels waited upon her in heaven.   The virgin John, rejoicing that the Virgin Mother was entrusted to him at the cross, cared for her with the other apostles here below.   The angels rejoiced to see their queen, the apostles rejoiced to see their lady and both obeyed her with loving devotion.

Dwelling in the loftiest citadel of virtue, like a sea of divine grace or an unfathomable source of love that has everywhere overflowed its banks, she poured forth her bountiful waters on trusting and thirsting souls.   Able to preserve both flesh and spirit from death, she bestowed health-giving salve on bodies and souls.   Has anyone ever come away from her troubled or saddened or ignorant of the heavenly mysteries?   Who has not returned to everyday life gladdened and joyful because his request had been granted by the Mother of God?

She is a bride, so gentle and affectionate and the mother of the only true bridegroom.   In her abundant goodness, she has channelled the spring of reason’s garden, the well of living and life-giving waters, that pour forth in a rushing stream from divine Lebanon and flow down from Mount Zion, until they surround the shores of every far-flung nation.   With divine assistance, she has redirected these waters and made them into streams of peace and pools of grace.   Therefore, when the Virgin of virgins was led forth by God and her Son, the King of kings. amid the company of exulting angels and rejoicing archangels, with the heavens ringing with praise, the prophecy of the psalmist was fulfilled, in which he said to the Lord:

At your right hand stands the queen, clothed in gold of Ophir.

Mary Queen of our Hearts, Pray for Us!mary queen of heaven and earth pray for us 22 aug 2019 queenship of mary.jpg


Quote/s of the Day – 22 August – From the Fathers on the Queenship of Mary

Quote/s of the Day – 22 August – The Memorial of The Queenship of Mary, Holy Mother of God

“Let Heaven sustain me in its embrace,
because I am honoured above it.
For heaven was not thy mother
but Thou hast made it thy throne.
How much more honourable
and venerable than the throne of a king
is His mother.”

St Ephrem (306-373) Doctor of the Churchlet heaven sustain me st ephrem 22 aug 2019 queenship of mary.jpg

“Be enthroned, Lady,
for it is fitting that you should sit
in an exalted place since you are a Queen
and glorious above all kings.”

St Germanus (378-448)be enthroned lady - st germanus 22 aug 2019 queenship of mary.jpg

“O my Lady, my Sovereign,
You who rule over me,
Mother of my Lord . . .
Lady among handmaids,
Queen among sisters.”

St Ildephonsus (607-670)o my lady my sovereign st ildephonsus 22 aug 2019 queenship of mary .jpg

“Just as Mary surpassed in grace all others on earth,
so also in heaven is her glory unique.
If eye has not seen or ear heard or the human heart conceived
what God has prepared for those who love Him (1 Corinthians 2:9),
who can express what He has prepared
for the woman who gave Him birth
and who loved Him,
as everyone knows, more than anyone else?”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153) – Doctor of Light – Mellifluous Doctor

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One Minute Reflection – 22 August – ‘She stands high above all created things’

One Mi  nute Reflection – 22 August – The Memorial of The Queenship of Mary, Holy Mother of God – Today’s Gospel: Luke 1:26–38

And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be to me, according to your word.” And the angel departed from her...Luke 1:38luke-1-38-mary-said-behold-i-am-the-heandmaid-of-the-lord-4-may-2018.jpg

REFLECTION – “With the certainty of faith we know that Jesus Christ is king in the full, literal and absolute sense of the word; for He is true God and man.   This does not, however, prevent Mary from sharing His royal prerogatives, though in a limited and analogous manner; for she was the Mother of Christ and Christ is God and she shared in the work of the divine Redeemer, in His struggles against enemies and in the triumph He won over them all.   From this union with Christ the King she assuredly obtains so eminent a status that she stands high above all created things and upon this same union with Christ is based that royal privilege, enabling her to distribute the treasures of the kingdom of the divine Redeemer.   And lastly, this same union with Christ is the fountain of the inexhaustible efficacy of her motherly intercession, in the presence of the Son and of the Father.
Without doubt, then, does our holy Virgin possess a dignity that far transcends all other creatures.   In the eyes of her Son, she takes precedence over everyone else. In order to help us understand the pre-eminence that the Mother of God enjoy,s over all creation, it would help to remember that from the first moment of her conception, the holy Virgin was filled with such a plenitude of grace as to surpass the graces, enhancing all the saints.   Recall what our predecessor Pius IX, of blessed memory, wrote in his Bull Ineflabilis Deus: “More than all the angels and all the saints has God ineffable freely endowed Mary with the fullness of the heavenly gifts that abound in the divine treasury and she, preserving herself ever immaculately clean, from the slightest taint of sin, attained a fullness of innocence and holiness, so great, as to be unthinkable apart from God Himself, a fullness that no one other than God will ever possess.”…Venerable Pope Pius XII (1876-1958) – Excerpted from Ad Caeli Reginamfrom-this-union-with-christ-the-king-ven-pius-xii-22-aug-2018-mem-of-mary-queen.jpg

PRAYER – Almighty God, our Father, You have given us Mary, the Mother of Your Son, to be our Mother and our Queen.   Grant that, supported by her prayers, we may come to the kingdom of heaven and to the glory destined for Your children.   We make our prayer through our Lord Jesus Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.mary queen - pray for us.jpg


Our Morning Offring – 22 August – Hail Holy Queen!

Our Morning Offring – 22 August – Celebrating the Queenship of Mary

Salve Regina
Hail Holy Queen

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy
Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry,
Poor banished children of Eve,
To thee do we send up our sighs,
Mourning and weeping in this vale of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
Thine eyes of mercy toward us
And after this our exile,
Show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.

℣ Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
℟ that we may be made worthy
of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray:

Almighty, everlasting God,
who by the co-operation of the Holy Spirit
didst prepare the body and soul
of the glorious Virgin-Mother Mary
to become a dwelling-place fit for Thy Son,
grant we pray,
that as we rejoice in her commemoration,
so by her fervent intercession,
we may be delivered from present evils
and from everlasting death.
Through the same Christ our Lord.
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The Hail Holy Queen or Salve Regina is a choral anthem going back to the eleventh century. Since the thirteenth century it is the last evening chant in many religious communities.   The authorship is not clearly defined.   The Salve is first mentioned in a meditation by Anselm II, Bishop of Lucca, 1073-86 (PL 184, 1078-98) and (erroneously) to Hermannus Contractus (1013-54) of Reichenau.
The “Hail, Holy Queen” is a salutation deprecatonia, a greeting of petition and intercession.   Mary is called mother of mercy because Christ her Son, is the incarnation of God’s love and mercy.   Giving us Christ, she gave us, sinful humans, the life and hope we need (as baptised children of Eve) to survive in this vale of tears.   This antiphon is not part of the rosary but represents the same spirit.   It is part of the official prayer of the Church (Liturgy of the Hours: Vespers and/or Compline) and thus is even more precious than the rosary.   Sung, it becomes a wonderful expression of our spiritual intimacy with Mary.

It is interesting that it was a Domenican (like today’s Saint Giacomo Bianconi), Blessed Jordan of Saxony OP (1190-1237) who initiated the custom of singing the Salve Regina in procession each night after Compline in the Dominican Order, to ask Our Lady’s protection of the brothers against temptations from the devil.   This is a custom still practised by Dominicans throughout the world and by our community each night.

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Saint of the Day – 22 August – Blessed Giacomo Bianconi OP (1220-1301)

Saint of the Day – 22 August – Blessed Giacomo Bianconi OP (1220-1301) – Dominican Priest and Friar, Confessor, Spiritual Advisor, founder and restorer of convents and churches – born on 7 March 1220 at Mevania (modern Bevagna), diocese of Spoleto, Umbria, Italy and died on 22 August 1301 at Mevania, Italy of natural causes.   He is also known as Blessed James Bianconi.1_Benedetto_di_Bindo._Blessed_James_of_Bevagna,_c._1415_Fondazione_Monte_dei_Paschi,_Siena.

Blessed Giacomo was born in Bevagna and was received into the Dominican Order at Spoleto in 1236.   After his ordination, he devoted his energies to the eradication of the heresy of the Nicolaites from Umbria and finally succeeded in converting its chief propagator, Ortinellus.   He became Provincial Minister in 1281 and was elected Prior of the Dominican convents in Spoleto, in 1291 and Foligno, in 1299.

Blessed Giacomo was prominent in providing aid to refugees from Bevagna after the Emperor Frederick II sacked the city in 1249.   He was subsequently active in the rebuilding of the town, which culminated in the rebuilding of Palazzo dei Consoli in 1270.   In 1291, he received permission to rebuild the church of San Giorgio in Bevagna and to construct the adjoining convent.   He also established two nunneries in Bevagna – Santa Lucia and Santa Margherita.   Towards the end of his life, he also served as Lector at San Domenico, Orvieto, where he acted as the spiritual advisor of the Blessed Jane of Orvieto.   This Church is now renamed as Sts Domenico & Giacomo.

These two statues below, which are thought to have been bought by the Blessed Giacomo in Perugia, were moved from in Sts Domenico & Giacomo to the Pinacoteca in 2016:

✴a figure of the Madonna and Child; and

✴a wooden Crucifix.   Once, as he prayed before it because he was experiencing doubts about his salvation, blood spurted from the image and he heard Christ saying:  “This blood is the sign of your salvation”.img-Blessed-Giacomo-Bianconi.jpg

Both statutes were recorded in the 17th century the Cappella del Crocifisso at SS Domenico & Giacomo, which belonged to the Antici family.

After a life of extraordinary austerity, Giacomo died in Bevagna.   Sts George and Dominic appeared to him as he died, in order to reward him for the honour that he had shown to them during his life.

When the Blessed Giacomo died in 1301, he was buried in San Giorgio.  Bev-SD-New-SarcophagusMiracles were reported at his grave and his relics were translated in 1302 into a sarcophagus that is now on the counter-facade of Sts Domenico & Giacomo, to the left of the entrance.

The Dominicans rebuilt San Giorgio in 1397 and re-dedicated it as Sts Domenico & Giacomo, probably as part of a bid for the canonisation of Giacomo Bianc  oni. Pope Boniface IX granted indulgences to those who prayed before his relics during the first three days of May.   Boniface IX granted similar indulgences in respect of Blessed Peter Crisci of Foligno.   However, any early attempt to secure canonisation failed.

The relics were re-interred in 1589 in a new sarcophagus, as part of a fresh attempt to secure his beatification.   This was adorned with painted scenes by Ascensidonio Spacca, il Fantino that depict the Blessed Giacomo.

Bishop Alfonso Visconti initiated a process for canonisation in 1608 but this was halted when he died soon after.   Bishop Maffeo Barberini (later Pope Urban VIII) re-opened the case in 1612 and this led in 1632 to a formal process under three bishops, including Bishop Lorenzo Castrucci of Spoleto.   This process was inconclusive and a second was needed before Urban VIII Beatified the Blessed Giacomo in 1641  . The frescoes in the cloister of the convent, which depict scenes from the life of the Blessed James, commemorate this event.

The death of Urban VIII in 1644 probably precluded the canonisation of the Blessed Giacomo.   Yet another process was instituted in 1658 and Pope Clement X confirmed the cult in 1672.   The relics were finally translated to the gilded bronze urn on the high altar of SS Domenico & Giacomo in 1686.  Blessed Giacomo’s praise can be read in the Roman martyrology on 22 August


Queenship of Mary and Memorials of the Saints

Queenship of Mary (Memorial):
On 22 August, the Church celebrates a Feast in honour of the Queenship of Mary.  The Queenship can be considered a prolongation of the celebration of the Assumption.  The Memorial of the Queenship of Mary – 22 August – A Marian feast day decreed by Pope Pius XII on 11 October 1954, in his encyclical Ad caeli reginam to recognise and celebrate the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen of the world, of the universe, of the Angels, of Heaven, Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Virgins, all Saints,of Families, Queen conceived without original sin Queen assumed into Heaven, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Queen of Mercy, Queen of Peace.  Amen, Holy Queen and Mother! Here too:

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St Andrew of Fiesole
St Anthusa of Seleucia
St Antoninus of Rome
St Arnulf of Eynesbury
St Athanasius of Tarsus
Bl Bernard Perani
St Dalmau Llebaría Torné
Bl Élie Leymarie de Laroche
St Epictetus of Ostia
St Ethelgitha of Northumbria
St Fabrician of Toledo
St Felix of Ostia
Bl Giacomo/James Bianconi OP (1220–1301)
St Gunifort
St Joan Farriol Sabaté
St John Kemble (1599 – 1679) Martyr
St John Wall
St Josep Roselló Sans
St Julio Melgar Salgado
St Maprilis of Ostia
St Martial of Ostia
St Maurus of Rheims
St Narciso de Esténaga y Echevarría
St Philibert of Toledo
Bl Richard Kirkman
St Saturninus of Ostia
Bl Simeon Lukach
St Sigfrid of Wearmouth
St Symphorian of Autun
St Thomas Percy
St Timothy of Rome
Bl William Lacey
Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Dalmau Llebaría Torné
• Blessed Joan Farriol Sabaté
• Blessed Josep Roselló Sans
• Blessed Julio Melgar Salgado
• Blessed Narciso de Esténaga y Echevarría