Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Queenship of Mary, August 22

I love this title of the Blessed Mother, the Queenship of Mary. It is linked, of course, with the feast of her Assumption, which was just one week earlier, August 15. Mary is the Queen. I love queens. When I was a young girl I loved to think of queens with the rustling of their beautiful dresses, swishing and swirling around a room. When a queen entered a room, magic began in my girlish spirit. It was  more like the magic of a Disney movie or fairy tales than the reality of Mary's Queenship, but nevertheless a taste of the life of kings and queens enveloped me.

The Queenship of Mary was instituted by Pope Pius XII on October 11, 1954. The faithful had recognized Mary as Queen long before the acknowledgment of her title and feast day. Mary's titles are received as a result of her cooperation with her Son in the redemption of the human race. We can only imagine the delight Our Lord has in giving his Mother the title and status of queen. Mary, in turn, by her total cooperation with her Son raises all of us to nobility, after all she is our Mother, too!

  Cupcakes are an easy way to celebrate a feast and enjoyed immensely.

  A meringue, whipped cream, or seven minute frosting can make your ordinary cupcake fit for a queen!

This is not as hard as it looks. If you do not feel comfortable with fondant, you can simply frost the cake with your choice of favorite, colored icings. A decorator bag with a simple tip will allow you to make swirls and decorative flourishes. Purchase a variety of edible, decorative jewels and place them strategically on the swirls and flourishes . Your cake can look  like this one. Buy or make a simple crown for a topper. You have an elegant cake to share on the feast of the Queenship of Mary.

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