"Our Lady of the Keys and of the end of Times"|
Our Lady of the Keys and of the end of Times.|
This icon has two Gospel passages written on it. The first one is, Mark 14:72
Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times." And he broke down and wept.
The second one is, John 21:15-19
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of Jonas, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord
you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my lambs. “A second time he said to him, “Simon son of Jonas do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord
you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Tend my sheep. “He said to him the third time, “Simon son of Jonas do you love me?” Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time “Do you love me?” And he said to him, “Lord, you know everything
you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.” He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God. After this he said to him, “Follow me.”
As we know by tradition, the apostle Peter was in charge of the rest of the eleven apostles since the beginning even before when Jesus told him, “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Matthew 16:18.
This means that from the time when Peter denied Jesus and the rooster crowed on Holy Thursday, till the time when Jesus appeared to his disciples for the third time after he was raised from the dead and asked him three times if he loves Him, no one was in charge of the church characterized by the faithful and the apostles, but instead of Peter, Mary the Mother of Jesus was in charge of it, and that is why this icon depicts her with two keys in her hands given to her by Jesus Himself depicted as a child to show that this was already planned by God the Father beforehand.
The other title Our Lady of the end of Times, is given to her because due to the confusion in the church that we are experiencing today, she is not just in charge of the church instead of the successor of Peter as she was before after Peter’s denial of Jesus, but she has this double title due to the end of times as prophesized by many mystics and in the Bible itself. Thank you for reading and with the help of the Holy Spirit may the Lord help us to spread this new title of our heavenly Mother the blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God. Amen.
Our Lady of the Keys and of the end of Times pray for us.