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August 22: Mary Queen of Heaven and Earth - Catholic Art

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                                                             Bottecelli In the Old Testament, under some Davidic kings, the gebirah, the “Great Lady”, usually the Mother of the King, held great power as advocate with the king. In 1 Kings 2:20, Solomon said to his Mother Bathsheba, seated on a throne at his right, “Make your request, Mother, for I will not refuse you.” 


The Crowning of the Virgin by the Trinity.Velázquez, 1645

In the New Testament, the title has several biblical sources. At the Annunciation, the archangel Gabriel announces that [Jesus]“… will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David. He will rule over the house of Jacob forever and his reign will be without end.”(Luke 1:32) The biblical precedent in ancient Israel is that the mother of the king becomes the queen mother.Mary’s queenship is a share in Jesus’ kingship. Mary as the woman clothed with the sun in the Book of Revelation 12:1-3:
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