Queen of Heaven is one of the titles given to Mary by Christians of the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and some in the Anglican Church. The title is a logical consequence of the First Council of Ephesus in the fifth century, in which Mary was recognized and proclaimed “Theotokos”, in Latin, “Mater Dei” or “Deipara” and in English, “Mother of God”. She, who by nature is inferior to the Angels, is in dignity superior to them, due to the fact that she has the supreme dignity of being the Mother of God. The Deipara is the Queen of Heaven and thus the Lady of the Angels.
That Mary is the Lady of the Angels is of great practical importance to us. Because she is set above the Angels and she is the nearest being to God, and because she is also our Mother, our advocate, our mercy, our life, our sweetness, our hope, there is no limit to the confidence we can place in her intercession.
Most of the images that portray Mary as the Queen of Heaven capture the solemn moment of her coronation by the Holy Trinity witnessed by the Angels. The moment of the coronation is a transcendental subject of contemplation but the engraving titled, Hail, Queen of Heaven, found in Septem Principibus Angelorum Orationes cum ántiquis Imagibus, Naples 1594 and 1604, paints a different scene. There is no crown and no coronation and instead it offers a glimpse of what is it about Mary that subjugates the mighty Angels. And that is the tender sight of their Sovereign Mistress as a very young maiden with her baby.
Mary is seen holding the Holy Child Jesus in her lap, indicating that she is the Throne of God. The Child’s hair is golden symbolizing the connection between Jesus and the Sun. Mother and Son are shown with the halos of sanctitude. Their figures radiate an aureole of glory. The scene is blissful. Mary is seated over the crescent of the Moon, a reminder of Revelations but she is not shown with the starry halo and there is no dragon. Multitudes of Angels enraptured in contemplative adoration surround the divine Mother and Son. She is looking to the left and far away. Her right hand covers her heart. What is she thinking? Her reflective gaze to the left may indicate that she is contemplating a scene from the past or remembering an absent loved one; the hand over the heart may indicate sorrow or concern. The divine Child has his eyes on his Mother’s pensive face. In his left hand He holds the Book of the Gospels, the book that tells their life story. Perhaps Mary is remembering how much she and her Son suffered on Earth to save humankind. He rests his right hand over her hand, over her wounded heart, comforting her. But the Deipara is also our Mother and so it may be that her gaze to the left indicates that even in the Bliss of Heaven she is always thinking about us and she keeps at all times an eye on her children who cry for her intercession and help from this valley of tears.
Hail, O Queen of Heaven.
Hail, O Lady of Angels.
Hail, thou root, hail, thou gate,
From whom unto the world, a light has arisen.
Rejoice, O glorious Virgin,
Lovely beyond all others,
Farewell, most beautiful maiden,
And pray for us to Christ.
V. Allow me to praise thee, O sacred Virgin.
R. Against thy enemies give me strength.
Ave Regina Caelorum is one of four Marian antiphons. The origins of this prayer are unknown but it can be found already fully formatted in a twelfth-century manuscript. Centuries later, on 13 January 1864, Blessed Father Louis-Édouard Cestac was struck with a vision of devils scattered throughout the earth, causing unspeakable devastation. At the same time, he had a vision of the Most Blessed Virgin. Our Good Mother told him that the devils were let loose in the world and that the hour had come to pray to her as Queen of Angels, asking to send the Holy Legions to fight and put an end to the powers of Hell.
“Mother,” said the priest, “thou who art so good, couldst thou not send them without being asked?”
“No,” answered the Most Blessed Virgin. “Prayer is a condition set by God Himself to obtain graces.”
“So Mother,” replied the priest, “wouldst thou thyself teach me how one must pray to thee?”
And he received from the Most Blessed Virgin the prayer, August Queen:
August Queen of Heaven, sovereign mistress of the angels! Thou who from the beginning hast received from God the power and mission to crush the head of Satan, we humbly beseech thee to send thy holy legions, that, under thy command and by thy power, they may pursue the evil spirits, encounter them on every side, resist their bold attacks, and drive them hence into the abyss of woe. WHO IS LIKE GOD?
To Mary’s words, Father Cestac added the closing formulae:
O good and tender mother, thou shalt always be our love and our hope. O mother of God, send thy holy angels to defend us and drive far from us the cruel enemy. Holy Angels and Archangels, defend us and keep us.
Note that in Hebrew, Who is like God?, is said, MICHAEL.
TIP: Clean your home from spooks and purify your personal karma in one swoop! This will work also for anyone experiencing spook activity and misfortune, even non-Catholics, as long that it is recited with respect.
August Queen is considered a powerful remedy against the “spirits of darkness” and the forces of hatred and fear. It is been reported by Catholic exorcists that, in their experience, the name of the Queen of Heaven is abhorrent to demons and it is greatly effective in all exorcisms. For this reasons this prayer is highly recommended for house cleansings.
Pope St. Pius X on 8 July 1908 declared 300 days of indulgence each time August Queen is recited. An indulgence is a means to purify the soul, through a devotion, from the negative karma that one may have accumulated during life on this earth. The principle of indulgence is ancient and it precedes Christianity. It is so mighty that from its inception in the Roman Catholic Church, it brought again the merchants inside of the Temple. When ecclesiastic indulgences are not linked to money or favor, they present an opportunity to clear negative karma.