By Christina Hermoso
A special commemorative mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, at the Mary the Queen Parish in Greenhills, San Juan City, in solemn observance of the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, a corollary of the Marian Dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which was observed last Aug. 15.
Last Sunday, August 18, Manila Cathedral Rector Fr. Reginald Malicdem celebrated a high mass in honor of the Queenship of Mary at 6 p.m. Novena masses were held from August 9 to 17.
Eucharistic celebrations and processions will be held Thursday in several Catholic churches and Marian shrines across the country. Many will pray the holy rosary, including the Litany of the Blessed Mother, which proclaims her queenship in twelve instances.
Pope Pius XII, in his encyclical letter Ad Caeli Reginam (To the Queen of Heaven), instituted the feast on Oct. 11, 1954. “The Blessed Mother is the Queen of Heaven and Earth because she is the Mother of God and because of her preeminent perfection and her intercessory power. Mary is queen by grace, by divine relationship, by right of conquest, and by singular election,” the late Pontiff said.