This feast is celebrated on the 31st May to conclude May – a month dedicated to our Bl. Mother. Pope Pius XII instituted this feast. He hailed her as: “O most sweet Mother of Him who is King by right, by inheritance, and by conquest.”
“Reign over the minds of men, that they may seek only what is true; over their wills, that they may follow only what is good; over their hearts, that they may love only what You yourself love.”
The prayers below are those of the Traditional Latin Mass for today. For those who attend the Novis Ordo Mass, : the Introit and Collect (sometimes referred to as the Prayer) are equivalent to the Entrance antiphon and Opening Prayer; the Lesson (or Epistle) is the (one and only) Reading; the Gradual is equivalent to the Responsorial Psalm. The Gospel and Offertory antiphon are self explanatory; the Secret is said after the offertory and before the Preface. The preface itself is a special one for feastdays of Our lady. The Communion and Post Communion are read towards the end of Mass.
The prayers are so beautiful, I felt I had to share them.
They are a good source of meditation.
Let us all rejoice in the Lord as we celebrate the feast in honour of our Queen, the Blessed Virgin, upon which the angels rejoice and praise the Son of God.
Ps. 44:2. My heart overflows with good tidings; I sing my song to the king.
V. Glory be . . .
O Lord, bestow peace in this life and glory in the life to come upon all who celebrate the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Queen. Through our Lord . . .
LESSON Eccli. 24:5, 7, 9-11, 30-31
I came out of the mouth of the Most High, the firstborn before all creatures; I dwelt in the highest places, and my throne is in a pillar of a cloud. I have stood in all the earth and in every people, and in every nation I have had the chief rule; and by my power I have trodden under my feet the hearts of all the high and low. He who hearkens to me, shall not be confounded, and they who work by me, shall not sin; they who explain me shall have life everlasting.
GRADUAL Apoc. 19:16; Ps. 44:10
Upon His cloak and upon His thigh He has written the name: King of kings and Lord of lords.
V. The queen stands at His right hand, clad in robes of gold from Ophir.
Alleluia, alleluia! V.
Hail, O Queen of mercy. Shield us from our enemy, and receive us at the hour of death. Alleluia!
GOSPEL Luke 1:26-33
At that time, And in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God into a city of Galilee, called Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David: and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel being come in, said unto her: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.” Who having heard, was troubled at his saying and thought with herself what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said to her: “Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a son: and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father: and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end.”
Mary has come forth from a royal race and is crowned with glory. We earnestly plead with heart and soul for the assistance of Her prayers.
O Lord, receive the gifts of Your jubilant Church and let them assist us toward salvation through the merits of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Queen. Through our Lord . . .
O Ever-Virgin Mary, the most royal Queen of the world who gave birth to Christ the Lord, the Savior of all men, obtain peace and salvation for us.
We have celebrated the Sacred Mysteries with joy, O Lord, on this feast of Holy Mary, our Queen. May the Sacrifice that we have jubilantly offered in Mary’s honor bring us to our eternal salvation through Her intercession. Through our Lord . . .
The hymns we sang at Mass today were:
On this Day, O Beautiful Mother On this day we give thee our love. Near thee Madonna, fondly we hover, Trusting thy gentle care to prove. 1. On this day we ask to share, Dearest Mother thy sweet care; Aid us ere our feet astray, Wander from thy guiding way. Chorus 2.Queen of angels, deign to hear Lisping children’s humble pray’r; Young hearts gain, O Virgin pure, Sweetly to thy self allure. Chorus O Sanctissima, O Piissima, Dulcis Virgo Maria, Chorus: Mater amata, intemerata Ora, ora pro nobis. Tota pulchra es, O Maria, Et macula non est in te. Chorus
Hail Queen of heaven
the ocean star, Guide of the wand’rer here below; Thrown on life’s surge, we claim thy care; Save us from peril and from woe. Mother of Christ, star of the sea, pray for the wanderer, pray for me. O gentle, chaste and spotless maid, We sinners make our prayers through thee; Remind thy Son that he has paid The price of our iniquity. Virgin most pure, star of the sea, Pray for the sinner, pray for me. Sojourners in this vale of tears, To thee, blest advocate, we cry; Pity our sorrows, calm our fears, And soothe with hope our misery. Refuge in grief, star of the sea, Pray for the mourner, pray for me. And while to Him who reigns above, In Godhead One, in Persons Three, The Source of life, of grace, of love, Homage we pay on bended knee. Do thou, bright Queen, star of the sea, Pray for thy children, pray for me. (John Lingard 1771-1851)