Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles – Celebrated on the First Saturday after the Ascension – 28 May +2022:
After the Ascension, the Apostles returned to the Upper Room to await the coming of the Paraclete, as we read in Acts 1:13-14:
“When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot and Judas son of James. All these devoted themselves, with one accord, to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the Mother of Jesus, and his brothers.”
Mary joins the Apostles in the Cenacle. She provides a model of prayer and encourages the Apostles to wait and pray for the Holy Spirit . She models how to be active in preparing for the Holy Spirit. It is in her role in the Cenacle that she was endowed with one of the oldest Titles, Queen of Apostles. Mary leads all men to the Truth and to Christ, just as she brought forth the Light of the World. Through Our Lady, the Apostles bring the Good News of salvation to the whole world .
Pope Leo XIII in Adiutricem Populi wrote of Mary in the Cenacle:
“With wonderful care she nurtured the first Christians by her holy example, her authoritative counsel, her sweet consolation, her fruitful prayers. She was, in very truth, the Mother of the Church, the Teacher and Queen of the Apostles, to whom, besides, she confided no small part of the divine mysteries which she kept in her heart.”
Traditionally, the Saturday after Ascension Thursday is the Feast of Our Lady, Queen of the Apostles (the Feast was removed in the 1969 post Vatican II changes). The Feast was originally requested by the Pallottine Fathers. This title appears in the oldest forms of the Litany of Loreto and many Religious Congregrations include this Title within their names or is part of their devotions, such as Salvatorians, Claretians, Pallottines, Missionaries of Steyl, Paulines and more.
St Augustine of Canterbury (Died c 605) He is consideredthe Founder of the English Church and “The Apostle to the English.” He is the first Archbishop of Canterbury, Confessor, Missionary, Father of the Church.
For the life of St Augustine here:
Bl Albert of Csanád
St Bernard of Menthon
St Caraunus of Chartres
St Caraunus the Deacon
St Crescens of Rome
St Dioscorides of Rome
St Eoghan the Sage
St Gemiliano of Cagliari
St Germanus of Paris (c 490-576) Bishop, Monk, Teacher, Reformer, Writer, “Father of the Poor.”
Bl Heliconis of Thessalonica
St Helladius of Rome
St Herculaneum of Piegaro
Bl John Shert
St Justus of Urgell
Blessed Lanfranc OSB (c 1005-1089) Archbishop of Canterbury, Benedictine Abbot, celebrated Jurist, Scholar, Professor, Spiritual Writer, Reformer, Negotiator.
St Luciano of Cagliari
Blessed Margaret Plantagenet Pole (1473-1541) Martyr, Laywoman, Countess.
Blessed Maria Bartolomea Bagnesi OP (1514-1577) Virgin, Third Order Dominican, Mystic, Ecstatic, with the gift of levitation. . Her body is incorrupt.
Her Life Story:
Bl Mary of the Nativity
St Moel-Odhran of Iona
St Paulus of Rome
St Phaolô Hanh
St Podius of Florence
Bl Robert Johnson
St Senator of Milan
Bl Thomas Ford
St Ubaldesca Taccini
St William of Gellone
Bl Wladyslaw Demski
Martyrs of Palestine: A group of early 5th century Monks in Palestine who were Martyred by invading Arabs.
Martyrs of Sardinia – 6 Saints: A group of early Christians for whom a Church on Sardinia is dedicated; they were probably Martyrs but no information about them has survived except the names Aemilian, Aemilius, Emilius, Felix, Lucian and Priamus. Patrons of the Diocese of Alghero-Bosa, Italy.
Martyred in the Spanish Civil War: Blessed Luís Berenguer Moratona