About the Queenship of Mary
Today, on August 22 (my birthday!), the Church celebrates the Queenship of Mary. On this feast day we honor Mary as the Queen of Heaven and Earth.
Pope Pius XII established this feast day in his encyclical Ad Coeli Reginam, calling the Blessed Mother “Queen of Heaven and earth…exalted above all chairs of Angels and the ranks of the Saints in Heaven, standing at the right hand of Her only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.”
This pope encouraged all Catholics to turn to the Blessed Virgin in times of trouble and hardship and ask for her intercession. And Mary is a particularly great resource when it comes to spiritual warfare.
I say the Rosary every morning to this end, and could not recommend it more highly. The following prayer is said at the end of the Rosary.
Hail Holy Queen Prayer in English
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To you do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears Turn then, most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us, and after this exile show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
V. Prayer for us oh Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray. Almighty and everlasting God, Who by the working of the Holy Spirit didst prepare both body and soul of the glorious Virgin Mother, Mary, that she might deserve to be made a worthy dwelling for Thy Son, grant that we who rejoice in her memory, may, by her loving intercession, be delivered from present evils and from lasting death, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Salve, Regina (Hail Holy Queen Prayer in Latin)
Salve, Regina, mater misericordiae;vita, dulcedo et spes nostra, salve.Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevae.Ad te suspiramus gementes et flentesin 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 efficamur promissionibus Christi.
Oremus. Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui gloriosae Virginis Matris Mariae corpus et animam, ut dignum Filii tui habitaculum effici mereretur, Spiritu Sancto cooperante, praeparasti, da, ut cuius commemoratione laetamur; eius pia intercessione, ab instantibus malis et a morte perpetua liberemur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
Hail Holy Queen Prayer Card
I had wanted to design a Queenship of Mary prayer card for this feast. But this week got a little busy so I’ll have to plan on it for next year.
I do have one card in the shop already that has the Hail Holy Queen prayer. Sharing a pic and link below!