In this 6th Grade lesson, we focus on the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth.
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Have you ever been to a May Crowning? Every May, the entire Church celebrates Mary as the Mother of God, and gives Her special honor. In parishes around the world, you will see that the statue of Mary will have a beautiful crown of flowers placed upon it. Some parishes have special times set aside to pray the Rosary; some have grand processions. Every May, you’ll notice that Mary becomes an especially major focus of our Faith.
You might wonder why May is chosen for Mary’s special month. Since Mary is the one who brought new life, Jesus Christ, into the world, it makes sense to devote the month of May, the beginning of new life with spring and summer, to her. May is filled with special Feast Days to Mary. Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, and the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Her cousin Elizabeth all occur during this month. Many people make pilgrimages to Marian shrines during May.
When we talked about Mary’s Assumption, we learned that in Biblical times, the mother of the king became the queen, rather than the wife. Since Jesus is the King of Heaven and Earth, it makes sense that Mary is the Queen of Heaven and Earth. After Jesus took Mary, body and soul, into Heaven, He crowned her Queen of Heaven and Earth. Mary is the greatest of all queens, for she is the Mother of the King of Kings and the Prince of Peace, Jesus.
Jesus chose to make Mary the Queen of Heaven and Earth because she was perfectly virtuous. She rules the Earth but also dominion also over the Angels and the Saints.
Since the Devil was never able to trick Mary into sinning, evil spirits fear Mary more than anyone else. While she lived on earth, they never had any power over her.
Sometimes non-Catholics criticize Catholics for our prayers and devotions to Mary. Unfortunately, they misunderstand the Catholic love and devotion to Mary. Mary is not worshiped. She is honored as the mother of Jesus and as a woman free from sin.
We honor Mary through statues, pictures, and images of her. We honor her with songs and prayers and hymns. Just as we place photos around our homes of the people we love, we also place special reminders around our home and parish church of Mary. We don’t worship those images of her. We use them to remind us of her love for us and our love for her. Our love for her is pleasing to her Son, Jesus.
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Mary is Queen of Heaven and Earth.
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