Queen of Apostles . . .
All shepherds of the church today are challenged to encourage an ever increasing openness to the glories of Mary and her role in our salvation. Mary, who is the spouse of the Holy Spirit is intimately concerned in the sanctity of the children for whom her Son died to redeem. We should call upon her that our hearts and minds be enlightened to hear and act to desire the fruits of Christ's redemption and by our word and deed inspire others to be open to God's graces in their lives.
The Church greets Mary as Queen of the Apostles. She deserves this title because she cooperated in the propagation of the Holy Faith far above the Apostles. (1) St. Vincent Pallotti
Priests, religious and laypersons have in Mary, after Jesus Christ, the most perfect model of true Catholic zeal and perfect love. She labored so much for the the greater glory of God and the salvation of men and women that, although she lacked the priestly dignity, she also surpassed the Apostles in merit. (2) St. Vincent Pallotti
Be pleased, O most holy Virgin Mary, Queen of the Apostles and Refuge of sinners, to intercede for us with your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. May we, through the power of the Holy Spirit, be always working for the increase, defense and propagation of Faith and Charity. Mary, Queen of the Apostles, pray for us. (3) St. Vincent Pillotti
Resolve to meditate often on the role of Mary, Queen of the Apostles. She is, after Jesus, the perfect example of true universal zeal and perfect charity. (4) St. Vincent Pillotti
Immaculate Mother of God, Queen of the Apostles, relying on your powerful intercession, I resolve to devote my talents, learning, material resources, health, sickness, trials and every gift of nature and grace for the greater glory of God and the salvation of all. (5) St. Vincent Pillotti
O Mary, who at Pentecost, together with the Apostles in prayer, called upon the gift of the Holy Spirit for the newborn Church, help us to persevere in the faithful following of Christ. To you, a "sign of certain hope and comfort," we trustfully turn our gaze "until the day of the Lord shall come." (6) Benedict XVI, pope
Priests, religious and laypersons have in Mary, after Jesus Christ, the most perfect model of true Catholic zeal and perfect love. She labored so much for the greater glory of God and the salvation of men and women that, although she lacked the priestly dignity, she also surpassed the Apostles in merit. (7) St. Vincent Pillotti
May Mary, Queen of the Apostles, who on Calvary took to her mother's heart the care of all humanity, be pleased to second our undertakings; may she love with an equal tenderness all those who do not know that they have been redeemed by Jesus Christ and all those who happily enjoy the fruits of redemption. (8) Pius XI, pope
She showed the Apostles at the happy beginning of their priesthood how diligent they should be together in prayer, until they were clothed with virtue from on high; and by the superabundance of her own prayers she surely obtained that virtue for them, at the same time increasing and strengthening it by her counsels, all for the unlimited fruitfulness of their apostolate. (9) St. Pius X, pope
Through you the Apostles have preached salvation to the nations . . . through you the priceless Cross is everywhere honored and venerated; through you the demons have been put to route and mankind has been summoned back to heaven. (10) St. Cyril of Alexandria
Mary is fully active, because she accepts with personal generosity the wave of God's love poured out upon her. In this too, she is the perfect disciple of her Son, who realizes the fullness of his freedom and thus exercises the freedom through obedience to the Father. (11) Benedict XVI, pope
In the Upper Room the Apostles did not know what awaited them. They were afraid and worried about their own future. They continued to marvel at the death and resurrection of Jesus and were in anguish at being left on their own after his ascension into Heaven. Mary, "she who believed in the fulfillment of the Lord's words," assiduous in prayer alongside the Apostles, taught perseverance in the faith. By her own attitude she convinced them that the Holy Spirit, in his wisdom, knew well the path on which he was leading them. (12) Benedict XVI, pope