And today we celebrate...

Saturday, August 22
The Memorial of the Queenship of Mary

The Octave Day of the Assumption



The meaning of the celebration

+ The celebration of the “Queenship of Mary” was created by Pope Pius XII in 1954.

+ This memorial provides us with an opportunity to continue our celebration of the Assumption of Mary (celebrated on August 15) and to honor the special place that Mary has within the communion of saints.

+ The Memorial of the Queenship of Mary is a wonderful day to pray the Glorious Mysteries of the rosary, uniting our personal prayer with the prayer of the Church.

For prayer and reflection

As Christ is our Lord and King by a special title because He redeemed us, so the Blessed Virgin (is our Lady and Queen) because of the unique way in which she has cooperated toward our redemption by giving of her own substance, by offering Him willingly for us, and by desiring, praying, and bringing about our salvation in a singular way.”—Pope Pius XII

Spiritual bonus

On this day, we also remember Blessed María-de-la-Concepcíon Rodríguez Fernández. A Conceptionist nun, she was martyred on August 22, 1936, during the anti-clerical violence of the Spanish Civil War. She was beatified with other martyrs in 2019.


Benedictine Sisters of Queen of Heaven Monastery (Byzantine Rite, Warren, OH):

Benedictine Sisters of Queen of Angels Monastery (Mount Angel, OR):

Benedictine Sisters of Mary, Queen of Apostles (Gower, MO):

Carmelite Nuns of the Carmel of the Queen of Heaven (Eldridge, IA):

Daughters of Our Mother of Peace, Queen of Heaven Solitude:

Pallotine Missionary Sisters (Queen of Apostles Province):


O God, who made the Mother of your Son
to be our Mother and our Queen,
graciously grant that, sustained by her intercession,
we may attain in the heavenly Kingdom
the glory promised to your children.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(from The Roman Missal)

Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.

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