Reign, O Mother and Queen
Pope Pius XII gave us this prayer on the
occasion of his official proclamation of
the Feast of Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth.
For it admirably sums up the sentiments
we should have towards the “Regina Angelorum,”
the Queen of the Angels.
Reign, O Mother and Queen, by showing us the paths
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 our minds,
that they may seek only what is true;
over our wills, that they may follow solely
what is good; over our 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,
lives and reigns forever and ever.
Work of the Holy Angels