He whom Thou wast meet to bear. Alleluia!
As He promised hath arisen. Alleluia!
Pour for us to God thy prayer. Alleluia!
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia.
Written above was an old Marian hymn entitled Regina Coeli, one of the four seasonal Marian antiphons of the so called “Blessed Virgin Mary”, sung or recited in place of the Angelus during the Easter season, from Holy Saturday through Pentecost Sunday. The Latin word coelum means “heaven” (whence the English word celestial), and Regina means “queen”. Yes! Regina Coeli, which is a song for Mary, literally means “Queen of Heaven” because the Catholic Church, by the encyclical letter Ad Caeli Reginam of Pius XII, defined Mary to be the Queen of Heaven. The Catholic Saint Germanus praised her by saying, “Your honor and dignity surpass the whole of creation; your greatness places you above the angels.” But no matter how high they uplift her name, no matter how majestic are the titles they have attributed to her or how solemn is their devotion to honor her, there is no single biblical statement that supports the Catholics veneration of Mary, neither she was called “queen”. The only biblical account that specifies the state of Mary aside from being the mother of Christ in the flesh was the statement uttered by Mary herself.
And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1:38)
Mary never claimed any dignified or honorable position during Christ ministry, but with meekness, she admitted her humble state in the sight of God – a slave, a bondmaid. She was never called a queen, much more “the queen of heaven”, a title that provokes the wrath of God since the time of the Old Covenant, when pagan nations and the apostatized Israel are gathering woods to make offerings for her.
“The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead [their] dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.” (Jer 7:18)
Today, millions of people who professed to serve God and calling themselves “Christians” are following that same kind of abomination by elevating Mary into a majestic worshipful position as she is a deity. Biblical passages are being twisted, tales and forged stories are being used to support the so-called Veneration of the Blessed Virgin. The Catholic Church is the foremost of Marian worshipers and the Protestant world is gradually following her footsteps. The Muslim world, because of several Koranic passages that teach the same Catholic Marian doctrines, is also joining hand in hand with their Catholic counterparts in propagating the alleged sinlessness of Mary. A solid image of a tamed faced woman has been erected to describe her appearance, and over a billion bowed down before this graven image, calling her “Mama”.
Saying to a stock, Thou [art] my father; and to a stone, Thou hast brought me forth: (Jer. 2:27)
We have to realize that Mary, like us, is also a sinful person and she herself needs a Savior. Mary said; “My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.” (Luke 1:46,47) Mary needs a Saviour, this implies that she is also sinful like. She can not save her own soul or the other’s? The doctrine of the Immaculate Conception and the belief that Mary saves sinners is a blasphemous lie that even Mary would detest it if she only knows how her name linked to this abominable teachings. The Catholic Church believes that Mary was taken to heaven and assumed a great honor and dignity at the court of the Most High. Hence, they regarded her as the “Mediatrix”, an advocate, a lady intercessor, a priestess for the sins of the people, which is a very terrible denial of the gospel.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (I Timothy 2:5)
A woman lifted up her voice and told Christ; “Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked”, but Jesus said, “More than that, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.” (Luke 11:28) Christ is the sole channel of God’s grace, the sole authority of our souls and the only Mediator that propitiates the Father for our sins, neither Mary nor anyone among the saints. The Holy Scriptures says;
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
(I John 2:1-2; Luke 4:12)