TO MARY THE QUEEN


by Venerable Pope Pius XII 

From the depths of this vale of tears 
where sorrowing humanity makes weary progress,
through the surges of this sea of ours,
endlessly buffeted by the winds of passion,
we raise our eyes to you, 
O most beloved Mother Mary, 
to be comforted by the contemplation of your glory 
and to hail you as Queen of heaven and earth, 
Queen of mankind. 

With legitimate filial pride, 
we wish to exalt your queenship 
and to recognize it as due 
to the sovereign excellence of your whole being, 
O dearest one, 
truly mother of him who is King by right, 
by inheritance and by conquest. 

Reign, O Mother and Queen, 
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 
you exercise your primacy 
over the choirs of angels 
who acclaim you as their sovereign, 
and over the legions of saints 
who delight in beholding your 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 your Divine Son. 

Reign over the Church, 
which acknowledges and extols your gentle dominion 
and has recourse to you 
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 the snares of the enemy, 
firmness to resist overt attack, 
and at every moment unwavering faithfulness to your 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 you yourself 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 in the squares, 
in the cities and the villages, 
in the valleys and in the mountains, 
in the air, on land and on the sea; 
and hear the pious prayers of all those who recognize 
that yours 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 your 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 you Queen and Lady 
may one day in heaven enjoy 
the fullness of your kingdom 
in the vision of your Divine Son, 
who with the Father and the Holy Spirit, 
live and reign forever and ever.

Amen. 

* According to the old Calendar Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary .August 22 is the Feast of The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Traditional Calendar and the Queenship of Mary, the New Calendar. "The purpose of the Feast is that all may recognize more clearly and venerate more devoutly the merciful and motherly sovereignty of her who bore God in her womb" (Ven. Pius XII, Ad. Coeli Reginam). On the day of her Assumption, Mary our Mother was solemnly crowned by Christ and received by the whole court of Heaven as Queen.

What Christ has done in Heaven and the Church has done on our behalf we should now do individually, that is, we should recognize Mary's Queenship, enthrone her in our homes, consecrate ourselves to her and, by this means, establish in our lives the reign of Mary Immaculate Queen of the Universe.

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