Based on the Salve Regina
For any Feast or Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Holy Mary, Queen of Heaven,
Hail our sweetness, hope and life.
Full of Grace and ever praying,
Mother of mercy, quench our strife.
We, with ardent tears outpouring,
Call you Blessed and hymn aright.
Turn we then to you, our Mother,
All our prayers, do not despise.
We Eve’s children, poor and banished,
To thy hands we lift our sighs.
From the vale of tears here dwelling
Unto thee, commit our cries.
Advocate of we poor exiles,
Turn thine eyes of mercy keen;
Show to us the Blesséd fruit
Of thy dear womb, O Christ our King.
Clement, Loving, Sweetest virgin
Let us more thy praises sing.
– Guide me O Thou great redeemer (Cwm Rhondda)
– Of the Glorious Body telling (Pange Lingua)
Fr John Underhill SSC