AcknowledIng that Mary is our Queen is quintessentially Catholic. In Catholic-Protestant dialogues, our beliefs about Mary are often some of the biggest points of contention. At best, many Protestants view those beliefs as unnecessary, and at worst, they consider them downright blasphemous. In particular, our belief that Mary is our Queen often elicits some of the strongest responses, and with good reason. If we don’t understand the theological basis for this doctrine, it can seem like we are elevating Mary to the status of God himself.
So why do we believe this? What makes Mary heavenly royalty in our eyes? In a nutshell, it is because she is the mother of Jesus, our king. That may seem strange to us because we normally think of a queen as the king’s wife, not his mother, but we have to look at this question through the lens of Scripture rather than our own ideas about kingship. We have to understand what kind of king Jesus is, and when we do that, Mary’s role as queen falls perfectly into place