The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary As Set Forth in Her Litany – Queen of All Saints

“Be ye therefore, perfect, as also your Heavenly Father is perfect” (Matthew 5:48).

God Himself, according to the words of the Evangelist, is the great model of sanctity. That we may be saints, He encourages us to imitate him, to follow His Divine Son, Jesus Christ. “Be ye holy, because I, the Lord, your God am holy” (Leviticus 19:2).

Created to the image of God and restored to His friendship through the redemption effected by the Saviour, we should have God constantly before us, and aim to cultivate, as far as is in our power, his holiness.

To be a saint is to live in conformity to the will of God, for His will being one with His divine spirit, is necessarily conformable to the eternal law that governs all things and establishes the measure and rule of all sanctity. In God this conformity is infinite, hence His holiness is infinite.

Sanctity is the love of God and a close union with Him, who Himself is the plenitude of sanctity. In serving God with all the powers of mind, heart and soul we approach daily closer to Him, and become more like unto Him.

“Be ye, therefore, perfect, as also your Heavenly Father is perfect.” From the moment of the Blessed Virgin’s creation, she was possessed of greater virtues, of more intense love for God than all the saints and angels. Her holiness as far surpasses their combined sanctity as the waters of the ocean surpass those of a rivulet.

“He that is holy, let him be sanctified still” (Apocalypse 22:11). “For the lawgiver shall give a blessing; they shall go from virtue to virtue, the God of gods shall be seen in Sion” (Psalm 83:7). Who can, considering these words of the Apocalypse and of the Psalmist, fathom the sanctity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who, in each moment of her long and saintly life, increased in grace and favor before God?

Who, like her, could say with the Apostle: “For me, to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21). “And I live, now not I; but Christ lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). Because of the loveliness of her soul, Christ did really tabernacle in her, for she is the most holy, the most perfect, the queen of all saints and angels.

Noe, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Josue, all the patriarchs and prophets are venerated; the Apostles, martyrs, confessors, virgins, holy doctors, all the saints of all times and places are held in benediction.

Of Tobias and his family, the Scripture narrates: “All his kindred and all his generation continued in good life, and in holy conversation, so that they were acceptable both to God and to men, and to all that dwelt in the land” (Tobias 14:17). But who of all these holy men and women is as acceptable and near to God as Mary? Who among them has uttered a prophecy like unto hers: “All generations shall call me blessed?”

Saint John writes in the Apocalypse: “I saw a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, tribes and peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne, and in the sight of the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands: And they cried with a loud voice, saying: ‘Salvation to our God, who sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb. Benediction, and glory, and wisdom and thanksgiving, honour and power and strength to our God forever and ever” (Apocalypse 7:9,10,12).

This acclamation of joy will not stop here. They will verify the prophecy of their Queen, “all generations shall call me blessed,” by singing her praises also and honoring her, the Mother of God, the Mother of their Saviour and Redeemer, through whose merits they now enjoy the blessings of Heaven. They shall bless God because He showed the might of His arm in creating immaculate His Virgin Mother, their Queen.

“Benediction, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, honour, and power, and strength to our God forever and ever,” through Jesus Christ our Lord and His holy Mother, the Queen of the Angels and the Queen of Saints.