Mary Queen of Heaven: The Bible Tells Me So

Calling Mary the “Queen of Heaven” seems to most non-Catholics a title too far. How can the simple girl from Nazareth be “Queen of Heaven”? Isn’t that a pagan term? In fact, isn’t the “Queen of Heaven” actually condemned in the Bible? In Jeremiah 44 the Hebrews are blamed for turning back to false gods and they admit that they were making cakes and burning incense to the Queen of Heaven. That’s what Catholic do right? They burn incense and light candles and eat little cookies all in honor of the Queen of Heaven. Well, not quite. Read more.

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  • Patrick

    From the link:

    “A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant…She gave birth to a son, a male child, who ‘will rule all the nations with an iron scepter.’

    Who else could this be–clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head–than the Queen of Heaven? ”

    Question: why couldn’t the woman represent Israel, the stars the twelve tribes, and the pregnancy all of the preparation for bringing the Messiah into the world?

    The only thing I can think of is that Israel is usually called “he” in the Old Testament, but otherwise that part of Revelation almost sounds like it *could* refer to Israel rather than the Blessed Mother. It wouldn’t help the part about the woman “fleeing to the wilderness” make sense (Rv 12: 6), but I don’t see how that makes more sense with the Blessed Mother.


  • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

    This is indeed an interpretation of the text. Remember the Book of Revelation is ‘dream language’ therefore the symbols and images have multiple levels of meaning. I think the fullest meaning is that the woman is 1. Israel 2. the Church of the twelve apostles 3. Mary Mother of the Church and Queen of Heaven. She therefore represents all three–and maybe more meanings.

  • Stephanie

    Also, in the book of Luke, Elizabeth greets Mary as “the mother of my Lord.”

  • Maureen Ward

    “Queen Mother of the Kingdom of God” … leaves nothing to interpretation!

  • Doug

    Except …
    In Jeremiah, at least five times, the “queen of heaven” is specified as a goddess in opposition to the one Jesus called “the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” That is what any ‘Bathsheba/Mary’ exegesis has to get past.
    David died in due time as a sinner. A different kingdom was promised to his Successor:
    “And King Solomon shall be blessed, and the throne of David shall be established before the Lord for ever.” 1 Kings 2:45. The throne to be forever, not David nor Solomon.
    “His empire shall be multiplied, and there shall be no end of peace: he shall sit upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom; to establish it and strengthen it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth and for ever: the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.” Isa 9:7; cf. Ps 72 and 45, which are nominally about Solomon.
    And the physical kingdom of Israel did not last forever:
    “Behold the days shall come, says the Lord, and I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Juda: Not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers, … But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel, after those days, says the Lord: … I will write [the new law] in their heart: and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying: Know the Lord [Yahweh, JB; Jehovah, ASV, NWT; YHWH, Qumran): for all shall know me from the least of them even to the greatest" Jer 31:31 ff. So there will be a new "house of Israel", ruled, in time, directly by God Almighty.*
    "Therefore thus saith the LORD of Jehoiakim king of Judah; He shall have none to sit upon the throne of David: ...." Jer 36:30 ff. Indeed, after the Captivity there was no king anointed by Jehovah on that throne until "the Lord said to my Lord: Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool." Ps 110:1

    And in another place Jehovah said, "Then shall there enter in by the gates of this city kings and princes, sitting upon the throne of David, and riding in chariots and on horses, they and their princes, the men of Juda, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: and this city shall be inhabited for ever." This must be then "that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God". Certainly Jesus is now King there, but who are his "kings and princes"? They could be the group as mentioned as having the same situation and authority as our Lord, in Daniel's vision: "And that the kingdom, and power, and the greatness of the kingdom, under the whole heaven, may be given to the people of the saints of the most High: whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom." (Cf. 7:13,14)

    IOW, by Jesus' day any direct connection between literal King David and Jesus was irrelevant. By making Jesus his appointed king over the "Israel of God" (Gal 6:16), Jehovah has established a "new covenant"; no physical throne, no Law, no Commandments; just John 13:34,35: the new commandment, the law of love.

    BTW in the course of researching this I found no mention of any "mother of the king" exercising any co-rulership with her son, at least until we get to Jezebel and her kind. Are you using the right translation? I've been using the Douay.

    * "Afterwards the end: when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God and the Father: ... For [Jesus] must reign, until [Jehovah] has put all [Jesus'] enemies under his feet. … For he has put all things under his feet. And whereas he says: All things are put under him; undoubtedly, he is excepted, who put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then the Son also himself shall be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” 1 Cor 15