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The Hail Holy Queen

(Salve Regina)

This beautiful hymn, also known by its English name Hail Holy Queen, probably written by Herman Contractus of Reichenau, with the last three invocations added by St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153). In 1218 the Cistercians adopted it as a daily processional chant and in 1251 as an ending to Compline. The Dominicans and the Franciscans also adopted it around this same time and the Carmelites used it for a while in place of the last Gospel at Mass. Pope Gregory IX (1227-1241) ordered it to be chanted after Compline on Fridays. From the 14th century down to today it has been a part of Compline for the Latin Rite. Traditionally this antiphon is recited at Compline from Trinity Sunday until Advent.

A partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who devoutly recite this 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. Amen.

V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.