The Hail Holy Queen Prayer

Our Lady with St Dominic and St Catherine

The Hail Holy Queen Prayer is also called the Salve Regina, and is the concluding prayer of the rosary.

The Hail Holy Queen was written in the early centuries of the Church and is attributed to many people, so the origin is sketchy. It is attributed to: Blessed Hermann Contractus, Petrus of Monsoro (d. about 1000), Bishop of Compostella and Adhémar, Bishop of Podium. It is generally agreed that the invocations "O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary" were added by St Bernard.

St Alphonses wrote the 'Glories of Mary' as a counteraction to the errors of Jansenism that were leading people away from devotion to Our Lady, in particular, they were attacking the prayer, the Hail Holy Queen.

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy! 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 valley, 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 clement, 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.

See the Latin version

When is the Hail Holy Queen Prayer Said?

The Hail Holy Queen Prayer is said:

  • at the end of the Rosary,
  • during the prayers said after a Low Mass
  • during the Easter Season it is frequently recited or sung after the Regina Coeli.

Did you know?

Pope Leo XIII requested that the prayers after Low Mass be said, and Pope Pius XI then later ordered that they be recited for the intention of the conversion of Russia of which the Hail Holy Queen is a part.

They are also referred to as the Leonine Prayers.

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