THE TITLE MOTHER AND LADY OF ALL NATIONS
A BIBLICAL TITLE
(It is important to note that in various languages the same word may be used for both ‘lady’ and ‘woman’ as is the case with the Dutch ‘Vrouwe’ Biblical references in English use only ‘woman’ as in John 19:26 which Our Lady quotes as being when she became ‘the Lady’.)
• Already in the first pages of the Bible, in the book Genesis, Mary is described as the woman (or Lady) who, united with her Son, will crush the head of the serpent. God said to Satan, who had led Adam and Eve into pride and disobedience, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, between your offspring and hers.” (Gn 3:15)
• At the wedding in Cana, Jesus addressed His Mother for the first time as woman, in order to remind her of her vocation to become the Lady of all Nations. As Mediatrix and Advocate she implores and obtains the miracle.
• On Calvary, our dying Redeemer turns to His Mother with His last strength, and as a personal testament says only four decisive words, “Woman, behold, your son!” With these divine words, Mary as Coredemptrix was made the Lady of all Nations. The message of April 6, 1952 confirms this, “At the sacrifice of the Cross, she became the ‘Lady (‘Woman’), the Coredemptrix and Mediatrix. This was announced by the Son while He was returning to the Father.”
• The last of the four Scripture passages is found in the Book of Revelation. There, at the climax of the history of salvation, the woman again appears, clothed with the sun. She lays in pain, in the birth pangs for the new birth of humanity. (cf. Rv 12:1 ff.) A huge and red dragon appears and pursues the woman, who has borne a son.
The promised WOMAN in Genesis, who, united with her Son, crushes the head of the serpent;
the WOMAN at Cana;
the WOMAN on Calvary;
and the WOMAN of the Apocalypse
is the LADY OF ALL NATIONS, because, united with the Redeemer, she suffered for all nations, mediates the life of grace to all nations, and intercedes for all nations.