Q. 1. What is the "Hail, Holy Queen" prayer?
A. 1. The Hail, Holy Queen (see below), is the English version of the prayer known as "Salva Regina" in Latin.
This prayer is one of the most well-known prayers about Mary. It is a petition, asking Mary for her prayers on our behalf.
Depending on what you read, different sources trace this prayer to the eleventh or twelfth century. In medieval times, monks and friars sang it at the end of the day, and it is currently one of the four prayers to Mary that make up a part of the Divine Office. The Hail, Holy Queen is also prayed at the end of the Rosary.
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 (some use the word “Vale” here as well) of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate,
your eyes of mercy towards us;
and after this our exile,
show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.
Pray for us,
O Holy Mother of God,
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.