December 4, 2013 by mattfradd
The Rosary,” wrote Blessed Pope John Paul II, “precisely because it starts with Mary’s own experience, is an exquisitely contemplative prayer. Without this contemplative dimension, it would lose its meaning.”
Pope Paul VI wrote that “without [this contemplation,] the Rosary is a body without a soul, and its recitation is in danger of becoming a mechanical repetition of formulas and of going counter to the warning of Christ: ‘And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words’ (Mt 6:7).’”
Because of this, it is vital that Christians familiarize themselves with the Scriptures in order to meditate on the mysteries of the life of Christ.
Below is the fifth glorious mystery. To see other mysteries, click here.
The Coronation of Mary (Revelation 11:19 – 12:6)
In this Scripture passage we see Mary, the Ark of the New Covenant, bodily present in heaven portrayed as a queen with “a crown of twelve stars” (Rev 12:1).
Though we tend to think of a queen as the wife of the king, in the Davidic monarchy the queen was always the mother of the king. This makes sense when you consider that King Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines.
When Bathsheba was the wife of King David, she bowed to the king (1 Kgs 1:16). But when David died and their son, Solomon, takes the throne, the king rises to meet her, bows, and has a throne brought to his right for her to sit (1 Kgs 2:19).
This shows that the mother of the king had a distinguished role, which included interceding to the king on behalf of the people (1 Kgs 2:20). Since Jesus is the eternal king whom God gave “the throne of his father David” (Lk 1:32), if follows logically that Mary, his mother, is the Queen Mother.
As our spiritual mother and the queen of heaven and earth, Mary intercedes on behalf of her spiritual children, the Church. This mystery encourages Christians to entrust themselves and their good works to the only perfect creature, the Mother of God.