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.
For centuries this has been the practice of monks to chant the Salve Regina at the conclusion of Compline just before they retire. We are told that the Cistercians have chanted the Salve Regina daily since 1218.
We trust in Mary's care and intercession for us, we belong to her. Today we celebrate her as queen of heaven and earth, our path and gateway to all that her Son is for us.
Illustration of the Virgin and Child from a 12th century Cistercianmanuscript.