Hail Queen of Heaven

Ave Regina Caelorum is probably of monastic origin and dates from around the 12th century. Like the Salve Regina it is traditionally used at the conclusion of Compline (night prayer). The antiphon is traditionally recited from the Feast of the Purification through until Wednesday in Holy Week.

Latin English

AVE, Regina caelorum, Ave, Domina Angelorum: Salve, radix, salve, porta

Ex qua mundo lux est orta:

HAIL, O Queen of Heav'n enthroned, Hail, by angels Mistress owned Root of Jesse, Gate of morn

Whence the world's true light was born.

Gaude, Virgo gloriosa, Super omnes speciosa,

Vale, o valde decora, Et pro nobis Christum exora.

Glorious Virgin, joy to thee, Loveliest whom in Heaven they see,

Fairest thou where all are fair! Plead with Christ our sins to spare.

V Dignare me laudare te, Virgo sacrata.

R Da mihi virtutem contra hostes tuos.


Concede, misericors Deus, fragilitati nostrae praesidium; ut, qui sanctae Dei Genetricis memoriam agimus; intercessionis eius auxilio, a nostris iniquitatibus resurgamus. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

V Allow me to praise thee, holy Virgin.

R Give me strength against thy enemies.

Let us pray:

Grant, O merciful God, to our weak natures Thy protection, that we who commemorate the holy Mother of God may, by the help of her intercession, arise from our iniquities. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.