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

The prophets were men of God, whom He raised up from time to time amongst His people, to keep alive in their breasts the promise of a Redeemer, which He had made to the Patriarchs before them.

The people of Israel were a peculiar, fickle nation. They would serve God for a time; then fall away from Him and stray off into strange, erroneous ways. It was only by the strong arm of God outstretched upon them, by many and diverse calamities that He could recall them from their wanderings, have them to repent, to do penance and be restored to His favor. They often turned from the true God, to the worship of idols. They would complain of the God of Israel and blame Him for the hardships they had to undergo.

No sooner had they been brought back to a sense of duty, than again they would rebel and abandon the service of the only true God, to give themselves over to the worship of false gods. To have them return from their waywardness, God chose at times to send among them His Prophets, whom He had inspired to speak to them and warn them of the terrible chastisements that must inevitably come upon them, unless they again turned to Him. The prophets reminded the people of God’s promise to Adam, to their father, Abraham, and the other Patriarchs, of a Redeemer who would bring blessings again to them. Isaias tells them: “Behold, I will lay a stone in the foundation of sin, a tried stone, a corner stone, founded in the foundation” (Isaiah 28:16).

The prophet here makes reference to the promised Messiah, the Christ, who will come and save his people. To this prophecy, Christ referred when He said: “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone, which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner.’ By the Lord, this has been done; and it is wonderful in our eyes” (Matthew 21:42). The chief priests and Pharises knew well of whom our Lord spoke, and would have then laid hands upon Him, but they feared the multitudes who looked on Christ as a prophet. “And thou,” says the Prophet Micheas, concerning the birth of Christ in Bethlehem, “Betlehem Ephrates art a little one among the thousands of Juda: out of thee shall He come forth unto me, that is to be the ruler in Israel, and His going forth is from the beginning from the days of eternity” (5:2).

The prophet speaks here of Christ as man, who shall rule over Israel; and as God, for His going forth is from the days of eternity. He portrays plainly the promised Redeemer, Jesus Christ, true God and true man. When the wise men came from the East to Jerusalem to find the new born King of the Jews, Herod assembled the chief priests and scribes of the people to know of them something about the Christ. Where was He to be born?

They said to him: “In Bethlehem of Juda, for so it is written by the prophet: ‘And thou, Bethlehem, the land of Juda, art not the least of the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come forth the Captain, that shall rule my people Israel'” (Matthew 2:5,6).

The great mission of the prophets was to turn the people of Israel from their ungodly ways, and keep before them the promise of the Messiah, who was to be born from among them. But Mary also prophesied. And in dignity, in rank, in the magnitude of her prophecy, she is the Queen of Prophets.

Inspired by the holy spirit of truth, after she had conceived the Saviour in her womb, she bursts forth in that grand anthem, the Magnificat, wherein she proclaims that “all generations shall call me blessed” (Luke 1:18). All peoples and places bear testimony to this prophecy; the churches, chapels, monuments, altars, religious orders and congregations instituted in her honor, confirm it; the prayers, supplications, chants and pilgrimages to her shrines of the faithful throughout the world, to obtain her intercession, proclaim it.

She is more invoked and honored than the angels and saints combined. To her only is given the hyperdulia cult; on the seas, in the valleys, on the mountains, prayers are offered to her. The generations bless her and will magnify her name forever, because of her virginity, her humility, her obedience, her patience, her holiness, her power, her beauty, her mercy, the favors she obtains for her servants, the miracles that are wrought through her intercession, her immaculateness, her divine maternity.

Veneration for her will last, as long as there are men, angels and her Divine Son to pay it to her, as long as God shall be God, throughout all eternity.

She was an object of prophecy, and great among the prophets, by reason of her own prophecy. She is the mother of the inspirer of prophets, the Queen of Prophets.