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Definition:   The coronation of Mary (the Mother of God) to reign beside her Son in heaven. Catholicism holds that Mary, having lived a sinless life, was assumed body and soul to heaven. Other titles for Mary include “Queen of Peace,”, “Queen of the Rosary” and “Queen of the Angels.” To Mary is given absolute power to intercede for the salvation of her children on earth. A popular prayer, the Salve Regina, begins “Hail, holy queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope.” In May (the Marian month) the coronation of Mary is celebrated by placing a crown of flowers on a picture or statue of Mary.

 Discussion: The focus on the sovereignty of Mary cannot be justified by the scriptures. The Holy Trinity accomplishes and applies our redemption.  The Scriptures never mention Mary playing a crucial role in salvation. The women of Judah also had a strong devotion to the “queen of heaven (Jer. 7:18) and burned incense to her (Jer. 44:17). The exaltation of Mary is a de facto denial of the sufficiency of Jesus and amounts to idolatry.

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