Today, August 22nd, is the feast of The Immaculate Heart of Mary in the traditional calendar and the Queenship of Mary in the new calendar. Both calendars mark the feast of the Divine Maternity on 11th October. In the traditional calendar Our Lady’s Queenship is also observed on that day.
On the 11th of October 1954, Pope Pius XII established the feast of the Queenship of Mary and invited the Faithful throughout the world to renew their consecration to Her. The feast was subsequently moved to the 22nd of August.
In his encyclical Ad Coeli Reginam, Pope Pius XII wrote:
“The purpose of the Feast is that all may recognize more clearly and venerate more devoutly the merciful and motherly sovereignty of Her who bore God in Her womb.”
Solemn Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen and Mother
Most Holy Virgin Mary, tender Mother of men, to fulfill the desires of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the request of the Vicar of Your Son on earth, we consecrate ourselves and our families to your Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart, O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and we recommend to You, all the people of our country and all the world.
Please accept our consecration, dearest Mother, and use us as You wish to accomplish Your designs in the world.
O Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and Queen of the World, rule over us, together with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ, Our King. Save us from the spreading flood of modern paganism; kindle in our hearts and homes the love of purity, the practice of a virtuous life, an ardent zeal for souls, and a desire to pray the Rosary more faithfully.
We come with confidence to You, O Throne of Grace and Mother of Fair Love. Inflame us with the same Divine Fire which has inflamed Your own Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart. Make our hearts and homes Your shrine, and through us, make the Heart of Jesus, together with your rule, triumph in every heart and home.
–Venerable Pope Pius XII