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Holy Queen Prayer

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.

Pray for us, Holy Mother of God.

That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.



Holy Queen Prayer

The origin of this prayer is attributed to the Monk Germano Contratus, who started its composition around the year 1049; nevertheless he could never finish it due to the event of his death, when he wrote: "after such exile show us unto Jesus". The conclusion of this prayer was carried out by St. Bernard in the mid-twelfth century, in the imperial city of Speyer. While he was out preaching on the 2nd Crusade, in a burst of love with his eyes fixed on the image of the Holy Virgin, he made three genuflections exclaiming: “O Merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!”, thus completing the prayer of the Monk Germano. These words were carved in brass blades on the floor of the Cathedral and at that point introduced in the prayer Salve Regina.