Mary, Queen of Heaven - Erie, PA, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member jonathanatpsu
N 42° 06.314 W 080° 03.225
17T E 578237 N 4661893
A statue of Mary, Queen of Heaven at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania
Waymark Code: WMVNB7
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 05/08/2017
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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This statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven, is located in front of the Old Main building at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania. The statue, depicting the Blessed Virgin with crown and scepter, holding the infant Christ, is on a pedestal in a reflecting pool, surrounded by gardens on this beautiful campus.

The Blessed Virgin Mary is venerated by Christians as the Mother of the Word Incarnate, Our Lord Jesus Christ. As a young girl betrothed to St. Joseph, Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel and told that she would conceive a son by the Holy Ghost, who would be the Son of God. In humble obedience to the divine messenger, Mary replied, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to thy word." In Bethlehem, her Son was born and was adored by shepherds and kings. As is known throughout the world, this Son, Jesus Christ, went on to suffer on the cross and rise again, offering salvation to the world through Him.

The Catholic and Orthodox Churches particularly honor Mary with the titles Mother of God (Theotokos in Greek) and Queen of Heaven. As Pope Pius XII taught in his 1954 encyclical letter, Ad Caeli Reginam, "From the earliest ages of the Catholic Church a Christian people, whether in time of triumph or more especially in time of crisis, has addressed prayers of petition and hymns of praise and veneration to the Queen of Heaven. And never has that hope wavered which they placed in the Mother of the Divine King, Jesus Christ; nor has that faith ever failed by which we are taught that Mary, the Virgin Mother of God, reigns with a mother's solicitude over the entire world, just as she is crowned in heavenly blessedness with the glory of a Queen."
Associated Religion(s): Roman Catholic

Statue Location: Mercyhurst University

Entrance Fee: None

Artist: Not listed

Website: Not listed

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