Mary, Queen of Apostles

Mary's pre-eminent role with regard to the apostles.
by Father Johann G. Roten, S.M. | Source: Catholic.net
Mary Queen of Apostles, understood as title/advocation first appears in the oldest version of the Litany of Loreto, those of Paris (end of the 12th c) and Padua (end of the 14th c) (see Meersseman II, 222-229). The liturgical feast was approved in 1890 (May 17) requested by the Pallottine Fathers and adopted by a number of dioceses and religious (esp. missionary ) congregations.

In the older version of the Missale Romanum it was scheduled for Saturday after Ascension (probably in the neighborhood of May 21st ... now and then!) There were-at one time-seven women's congregations with that name. Many congregations with special apostolic orientation venerate Mary under this title (Salvatorians, Claretians, Pallottines, Missionaries of Steyl...)

The biblical roots of this title (also true for the iconographical theme, see right) are, of course, Acts 1:13-14 showing Mary in the midst of the apostles. The thematic stressing Mary's pre-eminent role with regard to the apostles is much older than the title. In a homily [erroneously attributed to Cyril of Alexandia (cf. PG 77, 992)] Mary is pictured as the one who leads every creature to the truth. Why? Because Mary brought forth the light of the world. Through her the apostles announce salvation to the world.



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Published by: mario mrz
Date: 2010-05-31 17:26:19
id like to let you know i find brief and concise this article. my hope is that every aspect of the cult to holy mary be promoted intensely in catholic.net. thank you so much. mario

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