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

In the gospel of Saint Matthew we read that: “If a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them should go astray; doth he not leave the ninety-nine in the mountains and go to seek that which is gone astray” (Matthew 18:12).

It is generally understood that the ninety-nine sheep left in the mountains are the holy angels, who remained faithful to God in Heaven.

The one sheep that went astray is held to be the human race that sinned in Adam. To redeem man, and bring him back in the way of salvation, Christ left the angels, came down from Heaven, and became man. As such He is their Saviour, though not their Redeemer. He is both Redeemer and Saviour of men.

For the angels He gained grace and glory, election, vocation, all helps, all merit, and increase of grace and beatitude. He is the meritorious cause of all blessings. They had a lively faith in Christ incarnate and were thereby justified. Mary is the Mother of the Saviour of the angels, and, as Queen of Heaven, she is their queen, as well as ours. “The queen stood on Thy right hand, in gilded clothing, surrounded with variety.” “And the king shall greatly desire thy beauty” (Psalm 64:10,12).

The queen spoken of by the Psalmist is Mary. By her divine maternity she became the queen of Heaven and the queen of earth, of angels and of men. All Christians look upon her as their queen, and consider themselves happy to be her subjects.

The dignity of queen is above all other dignities, since it is next to that of the King.

The ever blessed Virgin, being the Queen of Heaven and earth, surpasses in dignity all men and angels. She towers above not only each individual among them in grace, in merit, in greatness, but above all of them united. The doctors of the Church teach us that should we place on one side of the balance, all the graces, merits, dignities and glories of men and angels, and on the other, those of Mary, the balance would show a very great preponderance of weight, in favor of the incomparable Queen of the Angels. She is more pleasing to God, more precious in His sight, and more loved by Him than are all His other creatures. Her divine maternity claims for her this prerogative. In this capacity she occupies a throne in Heaven beside her Son, Jesus.

A mother is more elevated than all the servants or children in the household. She commands and they obey. The angels ministered to Mary and were subject to her. They were as ministers bearing messages between her and her Creator.

One of them venerated her, and bowing before her, admired her queenly beauty. From that moment until they accompanied her to the throne prepared for her in Heaven, they were subject to her as their queen. “The temple of God was opened in Heaven: and the Ark of His testament was seen in His temple” (Apocalypse 11:19). The Ark of the Testament is Mary. “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” (Apocalypse 12:1).

This woman is the spotless Virgin Mary ascending into Heaven, and taking her place in the eternal mansions of God as the queen of the angels. No wonder that all the choirs of angels bewildered with admiration, gave expression to their ecstasy of wonderment on beholding their queen: “Who is this, that comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?” (Canticle 6:9). Who was it? None other than the Immaculate Virgin Mother of their Saviour, their queen.

The Father welcomed her and bestowed upon her a power, due to His Mother; the Son hailed her coming and crowned her queen of Heaven; the Holy Ghost received her and showered honors upon her, His most chaste spouse. All the choirs of angels and Saints of God went before her, and acclaimed her their most pure, most amiable, most loving queen.