A blessed memorial of the Queenship of Mary, a feast formally instituted by Pope Pius XII on October 11, 1954, in his encyclical Ad Coeli Reginam, four years after his own proclamation (Munifecentissimus Deus, Novemeber 1, 1950) of the Assumption of Mary into heaven, body and soul, and one hundred years after his predecessor’s, Pius IX’s, definition of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Ineffabilis Deus, December 8, 1854). The feast was originally celebrated on the last day of May, but in the revision of the liturgical calendar after Vatican II in 1969, was moved to this day, August 22nd, the
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