IN THE STAIRWELL NEAR THE CATHEDRAL CHAPEL
Mary Crowned Queen of Heaven
A great sign appeared in heaven:
a woman clothed with the sun,
the moon beneath her feet,
and a crown of twelve stars on her head
This image of Mary, crowned Queen of Heaven by the Holy Trinity,
dates from 1950—the year Pope Pius XII declared the dogma of the
Assumption of Mary into heaven. The sculpture, which is the work of an
Italian studio, hung for many years on the east wall of the Cathedral
Mary was taken up body and soul into Heaven: there is even room in
God for the body. Heaven is no longer a very remote sphere unknown to
us. We have a Mother in Heaven…. Heaven is open, Heaven has a heart….
Mary is taken up body and soul into the glory of Heaven, and with God
and in God she is Queen of Heaven and earth. And is she really so remote
from us? The contrary is true…. Being in God and with God, she is close
to each one of us, knows our hearts, can hear our prayers, can help us
with her motherly kindness and has been given to us, as the Lord said,
precisely as a "mother" to whom we can turn at every moment. She always
listens to us, she is always close to us, and being Mother of the Son,
participates in the power of the Son and in his goodness. We can always
entrust the whole of our lives to this Mother, who is not far from any
one of us.
-–Pope Benedict XVI, Homily on August 15, 2005
PRAYER (Regina Caeli)
Queen of heaven, rejoice, alleluia!
The Son whom you merited to bear, alleluia!
Has risen, as he said, alleluia!
Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia!
For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia!
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