Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today we celebrate Mary as our Queen. She receives this title because Jesus is our King and she is the Queen Mother. Mary's queenship is contemplated in the fifth Glorious Mystery of the Holy Rosary. After she was assumed into Heaven, body and soul, she reigns as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

Today pray the Hail, Holy Queen prayer and ask Mary to be your Queen and lead you closer to her son, Jesus.

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! 
V. Pray for us, O holy mother of God, 
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen.

Here is the Hail, Holy Queen, in Latin, Salve Regina:

SALVE REGINA, Mater misericordiae. Vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve. Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae. Ad te Suspiramus, gementes et flentes in hac lacrimarum valle. Eia ergo, Advocata nostra, illos tuos misericordes oculos ad nos converte. Et Iesum, benedictum fructum ventris tui, nobis post hoc exsilium ostende. O clemens, o pia, o dulcis Virgo Maria. V. Ora pro nobis, Sancta Dei Genitrix. R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.

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