Do we worship a pagan idol referred as the Queen of Heaven?

Just because Mary has the title of “Queen of Heaven” for being the mother of the King of the Kingdom of Heaven (John 18:36), that doesn’t mean that she is the pagan goddess or idol mentioned in (Jer 7:18) (44:17-25). Similarly, Just because Jesus is referred as the KING OF KINGS (Daniel 2:37) (Rev 17:14)(19:16), that doesn’t mean that He is king Artaxerxes, or king Nebuchadnezzar, who were ALSO referred as “king of kings” (Ezra 7:12), (Ezekiel 26:7), (there is also a mention of a “king of kings” in (2 Maccabees 13:4)). It doesn’t mean that we “worship” those pagan kings. Are we to accuse anyone who worships the King of King Jesus of worshipping those pagan kings? of course not.

The “queen of Heaven” from Jeremiah is no other than a pagan goddess that had nothing to do with our Blessed Mother.

“Queen of Heaven was a title given to a number of ancient sky goddesses worshipped throughout the ancient Mediterranean and Near East during ancient times. Goddesses known to have been referred to by the title include Inanna, Anat, Isis, Astarte, Hera, and possibly Asherah (by the prophet Jeremiah).”

Astarte or Ashtoreth in particular is mentioned in 1 Kings 11:5 & 33.

Since we know that there is One true King of Heaven, Jesus, and this King happens to have a mother, there is also a true Queen in the Kingdom of Heaven, the mother of this true King of Heaven and this mother receives high honors and reverence (not worship) from her Son, like Solomon to his mother:

“When Bathsheba went to King Solomon to speak to him for Adonijah, the king stood up to meet her, bowed down to her and sat down on his throne. He had a throne brought for the king’s mother, and she sat down at his right hand.” (1 Kings 2:19 – NIV).

An Angel’s role is to be God’s messenger and the Archangel Gabriel sends the following message from God to Mary:

“The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28).

That “Greeting” was not a regular greeting, but a royal greeting as we can see from the Greek version (The book “The Writing of the Gospels and Biblical Inerrancy” by Ron gives detailed information on why St. Luke wrote his Gospel in Greek):

καὶ εἰσελθὼν πρὸς αὐτὴν εἶπεν, Χαῖρε, κεχαριτωμένη, κύριος μετὰ σοῦ.


kaí eiselthón prós aftín eípen, Chaíre, kecharitoméni, o kýrios metá soú.

χαίρω,v  \{khah’-ee-ro}
1) to rejoice, be glad  2) to rejoice exceedingly  3) to be well, thrive  4) in salutations, hail!  5) at the beginning of letters: to give one greeting, salute

This “hail” is a royal greeting as when the soldiers mocked Jesus by saying “Hail, king of the Jews!” (Matt 27:29) (Mark 15:18) (John 19:3) and the Greek translation uses the same word “Χαῖρε” here.

Also, The Third Person of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit, who is One God reverences Mary through Elizabeth:

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!” (Luke 1:41-42).

The Catholic Church teaches that only God is to be worshipped and that is the Holy Trinity, one God, nothing else, so we don’t worship Mary or anyone or whatever that is not God. To do so is to go against Catholic teaching. However, we do, deservedly so, honor and reverence (not worship) the mother of the King Jesus following His own Commandment (Exodus 20:12) (Deuteronomy 27:16) (Proverbs 15:20) (20:20) (30:11) (Matthew 15:4), the example of God (Luke 1:41-42), Sacred Scriptures (Luke 1:46-49) as being members of the Body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27).

In Ancient Israel, the mother of the King had the title and role of being the “Queen” of the kingdom. The “queen mother” was of high importance for she was regularly mentioned by name at the beginning of each king’s reign (1 Kings 2:19) (14:21) (14:31) (15:2) (15:10) (22:42) (2 Kings 8:26) and more.

So the short answer to the title’s question is a resounding no.

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-Francisco Figueroa.

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