PRAYER OF POPE PIUS XII IN HONOR OF OUR LADY'S QUEENSHIP


Out of the depths of this valley of tears, through which suffering humanity painfully struggles-up from the bellows of this sea, endlessly buffeted by the waves of suffering-we raise our eyes to Thee, Most Beloved Mother Mary, to be comforted by the contemplation of Thy glory and to hail Thee as Queen and Mistress of Heaven and earth, Queen and Mistress of mankind.

With legitimate filial pride, we wish to exalt Thy Queenship and to recognize it as due to the sovereign excellence of Thy entire being, O Most Sweet True Mother of Him Who is King by right, by inheritance and by conquest.

Reign, O Mother and Mistress, by showing us the path of holiness, and by guiding and assisting us that we may never stray from it.

In the heights of Heaven, Thou exercisest Thy primacy over the choirs of angels who acclaim Thee as their sovereign, and over the legions of saints who delight in beholding Thy dazzling beauty. So, too, reign over the entire human race, above all by opening the path of faith to those who do not yet know Thy Divine Son. Reign over the Church, which acknowledges and extols Thy gentle dominion and has recourse to Thee as a safe refuge amid the calamities of our day. Reign especially over that part of the Church which is persecuted and oppressed; give it strength to bear adversity, constancy never to yield under unjust compulsion, light to avoid falling into enemy snares, firmness to resist overt attack, and at every moment unwavering faithfulness to Thy kingdom.

Reign over men's minds, that they may seek only what is true; over their wills, that they may follow solely what is good; over their hearts, that they may love nothing but what Thou Thyself dost love.

Reign over individuals and over families, as well as over societies and nations; over the assemblies of the powerful, the counsels of the wise, as over the simple aspirations of the humble.

Reign in the streets and the squares, in the cities and the villages, in the air, on land, and on the sea; and hear the pious prayer of all those who recognize that Thine is a reign of mercy, in which every petition is heard, every sorrow comforted, every misfortune relieved, every infirmity healed, and in which, at a gesture from Thy gentle hands, from death itself there arises smiling life.

Obtain for us that all who now in every corner of the world, acclaim and hail Thee Queen and Mistress, may one day in Heaven enjoy the fullness of Thy kingdom in the vision of Thy Divine Son, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost, livest and reignest forever and ever. Amen.

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