I remember sitting there like it was yesterday, the idolatry was overwhelming at times. My plan from the beginning was to flee from the scene as soon as I could. But I was there for my nephews wedding and he had ask me to do a reading and I immediately said yes without realizing it was from a Roman Catholic prayer-book. Can I just back out now or could I use it for a chance to give the gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire left side of the church where the bride’s family was sitting and mostly Romans Catholic.
So they sent me the prayer I was to read and I worked the entire night before the wedding and rewrote the prayer and took out the part about purgatory, and included our sin, repentance, our need for Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. I remember getting there and the priest trying to hand me the prayer I was going to need as he was a little controlling, I told him I have all I need here and padded my front pocket of my suit jacket.
It was my turn to get up in front of 100 people, most of who I don’t know and read something that might cause a few feathers to be ruffled, you see Romans Catholics know their prayers well and they were about to do a responsive reading about their need to repent and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
I started to walk up the stairs to the altar and something caught my eyes above me, it was Mary, she was elevated above Jesus and the words written on the ceiling were Queen of the Most Holy Rosary or “Queen of Heaven”.
I don’t know what came over me, but I complete cut off the priest from talking and starting my responsive reading that I rewrote and walked off and sat back down, just staring at the ceiling and Mary being crowned Queen of heaven.
Is Mary Queen of heaven or sinner?
Lets let her answer that question….
And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Lord, 47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 “For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
49 “For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name. Luke 1:46-49
J. Vernon McGee writes this…
“Now Mary sings a song. This is known as the Magnificat. This song teaches us several interesting things. Mary tells us in her song that she needed a Savior and that she rejoiced in Him. Protestant friend, let us call her blessed. We don’t make her a goddess and kneel before her, but we do need to call her blessed. It was her glorious privilege to be the mother of the Son of God, to bring Him into the world. We should not play it down, but we should not play it up either. She was a wonderful person, and it was no accident that she was chosen by God. It was His definite decision, and God makes no mistakes.”
Mary wanted God to have all the praise and glory! She was sinful and in need of a Savior as we read “And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For the Mighty One has done great things for me; And holy is His name.“
Mary Queen of Heaven? No!
Sinner made saint by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
And holy is His name.
and that’s a beautiful thing!
Soli Deo Gloria