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The Marian titles and their symbolic articles

May 19, 2019

Each character alludes to a title of the Blessed Mother, found in the Litany of Loreto, or to a figure associated with her or her attributes.

1. Reyna Abogada (Queen Advocate/Lawyer). Defender of the poor and the oppressed, wearing graduation gown and black mortarboard cap and carries a large book. Representation of Mary, Help (Advocate) of Christians.

2. Reyna Doctora (Queen Doctor). Representation of Mary, Health of the Sick.

3. Reyna Justicia (Queen Justice). Personification of Mirror of Justice, bearing a weighing scale and a sword.

4. Divina Pastora (Divine Shepherdess). Bears a shepherd’s crook.

5. Reyna de los Angeles (Queen of the Angels). Bears a bouquet of white flowers, escorted by children dressed as angels.

6. Luklukan ng Karunungan (Seat of Wisdom). Carries a Bible, representing Mary as the Sedes Sapiaentiae.

7. Susi ng Langit (Key of Heaven). Bears two keys, one gold and the other silver, adapted from the design of the Papal arms.

8. Reyna de las Estrellas (Queen of the Stars). Holds a wand topped with a star.

9. Rosa Mistica (Mystical Rose). Carries a bouquet of roses.

10. Puso ni Maria/Corazon de Maria (Heart of Mary). Holds a pink heart.

11. Reyna del Santisimo Rosario (Queen of the Most Holy Rosary). Carries a large rosary.

12. Reyna Luna (Queen Moon). Represents the moon, the footstool of Mary as the Woman of the Apocalypse.

13. Reyna Candelaria (Queen of Candles). Carries a long, lit taper as symbol of the Purification of Mary.

14. Reyna de la Paz (Queen of Peace). Holds a dove, real or otherwise.

15. Reyna delos Patriarcas (Queen of Patriarchs). Bears a wooden rod.

16. Reyna de los Profetas (Queen of Prophets). Bears hourglass.

17. Reyna de los Confesores (Queen of Confessors). Holds a scroll.

18. Reyna de los Martires (Queen of Martyrs). Bears the Crown of Thorns or a pierced heart, as second representation of the Mater Dolorosa.

19. Reyna de los Apostoles (Queen of Apostles). Holds the Palm of Martyrdom.

20. Reyna de los Santos (Queen of Saints). A golden wreath, as symbol of the Crown of the Saints.

21. Reyna del Cielo (Queen of Heaven). A flower, accompanied by two children dressed as angels.

22. Reyna de las Virgenes (Queen of Virgins). A rosary or a lily, the latter signifying chastity, escorted by two little angels.

Other titles outside the novena include:

1. Reyna de las Flores (Queen of Flowers). Queen of Flores de Mayo, carrying a bouquet of flowers.

2. Reyna Emperatriz (Queen Empress). Representation of Saint Helena of Constantinople, particularly her title Augusta (empress or queen mother).

3. Reyna Elena (Queen Helena). Always the last member of the procession. Carries a cross or crucifix in her arms as symbol of the True Cross. Usually the honor is given to the most beautiful girl or most important matron of the pageant. She is escorted by Constantino, played by a young boy in royal attire, as representation of her son, Constantine the Great. In some instances, three Reyna Elenas are allowed in the processions.

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