The Octave Day of the Assumption. Meaning of the celebration
Pope Pius XII established the celebration of the “Queenship of Mary” in 1954.
This occasion allows us to extend our celebration of Mary’s Assumption (which takes place on August 15) and to pay homage to Mary’s unique position among the communion of saints.
The Memorial of the Queenship of Mary presents a splendid opportunity to engage in the recitation of the Glorious Mysteries of the rosary, joining our individual prayers with those of the entire Church.
For prayer and reflection
“The Solemnity of the Assumption is prolonged in the celebration of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, which occurs seven days later. On this occasion, we contemplate her who, seated beside the King of ages, shines forth as Queen and intercedes as Mother.”—Pope Saint Paul VI in Marialis Cultus.
On August 22, we also remember Blessed Bernard Perani. An Italian Capuchin lay brother, he served his community as a cook and was remembered for his charity to the poor, his devotional writings, spiritual insights, and many miraculous gifts. Blessed Bernard died in 1694 and was beatified in 1795.
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,
God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal)