The “Salve Regina” is one of the four Marian antiphons sung throughout the liturgical year.It is sung at Compline on the Saturday before Trinity Sunday until the Saturday before Advent.
The other three are the Alma Redemptoris Mater (Advent through February 2), the Ave Regina Caelorum (sung from Candlemas until Easter Vigil), and the Regina Caeli (sung during liturgical Easter) .It is also prayed/sung after Compline (night prayer) and after the Rosary.
The Salve Regina is the most popular Marion antiphon. Most people know it in English, because it is traditionally prayed after the Rosary.However, not as many people know it in Latin.
This is your chance to learn it in Latin!
Imagine that the Salve was sung by Catholics all over the world, from Religious orders to the humblest peasant family.
The Knights Templar sang the Salve Regina as they rode into battle. It inspired them to fight for their faith and to fight for their homeland.
Enjoy the chant of your Catholic ancestors!
Salve Regina in Latin
Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiæ,
vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve.
Ad te clamamus exsules filii Hevæ,
Ad te suspiramus, gementes et flentes
in hac lacrimarum valle.
Eia, ergo, advocata nostra, illos tuos
misericordes oculos ad nos converte;
Et Jesum, 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 efficiamur promissionibus Christi.
Omnipotens sempiterne Deus, qui gloriosæ Virginis Matris Mariæ corpus et animam, ut dignum Filii tui habitaculum effici mereretur, Spiritu Sancto cooperante præparasti: da, ut cuius commemoratione lætamur; eius pia intercessione, ab instantibus malis, et a morte perpetua liberemur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum.)
Salve Regina (Hail Holy Queen) in English
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.
Let us pray
Almighty, everlasting God, who by the cooperation of the Holy Spirit, didst prepare the body and soul of the glorious Virgin-Mother Mary to become a worthy dwelling for Thy Son;
Grant that we who rejoice in her commemoration may, by her loving intercession, be delivered from present evils and from the everlasting death.
Love Mary? Check Out These Resources
- The Glories of Mary by St Alphonsus Liguori
- Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of God by Scott Hahn
- Manual for Marian Devotion by the Dominican Sisters of Mary“
- Mary, the Church at the Source by Hans Urs von Balthasar & Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
- True Devotion to Mary: with Preparation for Total Consecration (St Louis de Montfort:
- The World’s First Love by Bishop Fulton Sheen
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Learn to Sing the Salve Regina in Latin
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