How to say 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!

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


Praying to Mary and asking for her help is not considered worshiping Mary. We only “worship” God. This prayer is usually included at the end of the Rosary, a traditional Catholic prayer, and the use of archaic English (thee, thy, thine) remains in most places where the prayer is said.

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