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Coronation of Mary
Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary

Rosary Mysteries - The Coronation of Mary
Coronation of the Virgin - Diego Velázquez - 1635


The fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary, the Coronation of the Virgin Mary, holds deep significance in Catholic belief. This event represents the culmination of Mary’s journey as the Mother of Jesus and her role in the salvation of humanity.

At the heart of the Coronation is the recognition of her unique and exalted status among all human beings. According to Catholic tradition, Mary was chosen by God to be the Mother of Jesus, the Son of God. Throughout her life, she displayed unwavering faith, humility, and obedience to the will of God. Her “yes” to the angel Gabriel at the Annunciation marked the beginning of God’s plan for the redemption of humanity through the incarnation of Jesus.

The Coronation of Mary acknowledges her fidelity to God’s will and her cooperation in the divine plan of salvation. It symbolizes her rightful place as Queen of Heaven and Earth, alongside her Son, Jesus Christ, who is the King of Kings. This royal imagery underscores Mary’s role as a powerful intercessor for believers and her maternal care for all humanity.

Moreover, the Coronation emphasizes the unity of the Holy Family and the eternal bond between Mary and Jesus. It reflects the profound love and honor that Jesus has for his mother, as demonstrated by his exalting her to the highest position in heaven. This event reinforces the importance of honoring Mary and seeking her intercession in prayers and petitions.

Furthermore, the Coronation of Mary highlights the fulfillment of biblical prophecy and the promises of God. Throughout the Old Testament, there are references to a queen who would reign alongside the Messiah. In the Book of Revelation, Mary is depicted as a woman clothed with the sun, with a crown of twelve stars on her head, symbolizing her victory over sin and death.

In essence, the Coronation serves as a reminder of God’s mercy and love for humanity. It invites believers to emulate Mary’s virtues of faith, humility, and obedience and to entrust themselves to her maternal care. Through her queenship, Mary continues to advocate for the needs of her children and leads them closer to her Son, Jesus Christ, who is the source of all grace and salvation.

Scriptures of the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Revelation 12: 1-6

And a great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars: And being with child, she cried travailing in birth, and was in pain to be delivered.

There was seen another sign in heaven: and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads, and ten horns: and on his head seven diadems: And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered; that, when she should be delivered, he might devour her son.

And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with an iron rod: and her son was taken up to God, and to his throne.

And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she had a place prepared by God, that there they should feed her a thousand two hundred sixty days.

Scriptures Explained

Coronation of Mary - Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary
The Apocolyptic Woman – Albrecht Durer – 1498

Revelation 12:1-6 presents a symbolic vision in the Book of Revelation, depicting a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She is described as being in labor, ready to give birth. A great red dragon appears, representing evil forces and opposition to God. The dragon seeks to devour the woman’s child as soon as it is born.

The interpretation of this passage is rich with symbolism. The woman is often understood to represent the Blessed Virgin Mary or the Church. The twelve stars may symbolize the twelve tribes of Israel or the twelve apostles. The child she bears is often associated with Jesus Christ.

The dragon, identified as Satan, attempts to thwart God’s plan by devouring the child, but the child is caught up to God and His throne, signifying the Resurrection and Ascension of Jesus.

The imagery in Revelation 12:1-6 underscores the cosmic struggle between good and evil, with the ultimate victory belonging to God and His purposes. This passage is part of the apocalyptic genre in the Bible, and its interpretation may vary among Christian denominations and traditions. Overall, it emphasizes themes of salvation, divine protection, and the triumph of God’s plan over the forces of darkness.

Feast Day of the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Queenship of Mary is a special day in the Catholic Church that commemorates the coronation of Mary as the Queen of Heaven and Earth. According to Catholic tradition, Mary, as the mother of Jesus, holds a unique and exalted position in the divine order. The feast, celebrated on August 22nd, symbolizes the belief that Mary, after her earthly life, was crowned queen in the heavenly realm.

This celebration reflects the deep reverence and honor given to the Blessed Mother within the Catholic faith. It is an occasion for believers to reflect on Mary’s virtues, her role in the life of Jesus, and her continued intercession on behalf of humanity. The Feast of the Queenship of Mary serves as a reminder of the importance of Mary’s presence in Christian theology and provides a moment for prayer and devotion to the Blessed Virgin.

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Last Publish:  February 22, 2024