The Hail Holy Queen Prayer is nearly 500 years old. Second only to the Hail Mary Prayer, this is the most popular prayer directed toward Mary. When praying this prayer you ask Mary for her help in all your needs.
Following are the intentions of the prayer for better understanding:
We are all searching for peace. The phrase, “banished children of Eve,” refers to this fact. There are times in your life when you are afflicted with disappointments, heartbreaks, and illnesses. These are known as “the valley of tears.”
As you learn while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, she experienced joys and sorrows as you do. You can turn to Mary during these times of trial in your life. She will help you find peace amidst your worries. She is our “most gracious” mother, because we are Jesus’ brothers and sisters we too are Mary’s children. Like a good mother she longs to protect and rescue you, her child. She is always kind and loving, and that is exactly what you are asking her to do when you pray “turn thy eyes of mercy towards us”. She is referred to queen in this prayer because of her relationship with her Son Jesus, Who is Christ the King. He gave her to you and me when He was on the cross as it is written in John 19:26-27 Woman, behold thy son. After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother.
This beautiful prayer will give you confidence to turn to Mary in all the struggles life throws you. And when you find this confidence, you will live a much more peaceful life knowing that you have someone bringing your worries to God on your behalf. You will truly learn to let go and find peace in your life.
Hail Holy Queen Prayer
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Hail 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 vale of tears;
Turn, then most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards 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