Week 4, Day 6
Hail Holy Queen
Hail Holy Queen,
Mother of mercy,
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 valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
Thine eyes of mercy towards us.
And after this, our exile,
Show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement O loving O sweet Virgin Mary.
V. Pray for us O holy mother of God.
(This line is read by one person when the Hail Holy Queen is being recited in a group setting.)
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
(This line is the response given by the group.)
Mary, Queen of the Angels
Scripture Reading from Revelation 12:1-6
Who is the woman clothed with the sun? Mary, mother of Jesus. (We also see Mary as a woman clothed with the sun in the miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.)
What is a portent? – a sign or warning that something, especially something momentous or calamitous, is likely to happen.
What is a diadem? – a jeweled crown or headband worn as a symbol of sovereignty.
The Victory of Christ in Mary
Mary is the woman in the book of Revelation who is clothed with sun, with the moon beneath her feet and twelve stars around her head. Mary is very beautiful in God’s eyes and in ours too. All of the beauty she possesses is there because of her love for God. She loves God so perfectly, and with so much passion, that her heart is completely united with Christ.
Whom do we love with all our heart? It should be God. He is the only one we should love with our whole heart. Then, we should love our neighbor as Jesus has loved us.
Jesus is very merciful. This mercy is shown at the Last Supper when he announces that one of his apostles will betray him. Jesus doesn’t say out loud the name of the apostle who betrays him in front of everyone. Jesus announces his glorification after the betrayer leaves the room.
Which Apostle betrays Jesus? Judas. Can you name all twelve Apostles?
– Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, Matthew, James, Thaddaeus, Simon, Judas
Jesus is glorified because Love has won and the power of sin has lost. It is a victory of love over the sin of Judas. Jesus continued to love Judas even though he knew that Judas would betray him. The example of love that Jesus gave to his disciples was to show them, and us, how to love even our enemies.
Daily Pious Practice Reminder
- This week strive to let the Light of Christ shine in our world by evangelizing others.
Holy God, our Father, all our hope is in you. Your beloved Son was glorified in a love stronger than death. May the Virgin Mary help us to go deeper and deeper into this love, and come to know the same glory as her son. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Reflection based on Totus Tuus: A Contemplative Approach to Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, edited by Fr. Nathan Cromly.