Pius XII's Prayer to Our Queen
Out of the depths of this valley of tears, through which suffering humanity painfully struggles, up from the billows of this sea, endlessly buffeted by the waves of suffering, we raise our eyes to thee, most beloved Mother Mary, to be comforted by the contemplation of thy glory and to hail thee as Queen of Heaven and earth, Queen and Mother of mankind.
With legitimate filial pride, we wish to exalt thy queenship and to recognize it as due to the sovereign excellence of thy entire being, O dearest one truly Mother of Him Who is King by right, by inheritance and by conquest.
Reign, O Mother and Queen, by showing us the path of holiness, and by guiding and assisting us that we may never stray from it.
In the heights of Heaven, thou doth exercise thy primacy over the choirs of Angels, who acclaim thee as their sovereign, and over the legions of Saints who delight in beholding thy radiant 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 thy gentle dominion and has recourse to thee 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 thy kingdom.
Reign over the minds of men, that they may seek only what is true; over their wills, that they may follow solely what is good; over their hearts, that they may love nothing but what thou thyself loveth.
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 the squares, in the cities and the villages, in the valleys and the mountains, in the air, on land and on the sea; and hear the pious prayer of all those who recognize that thine 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 thy 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 thee Queen and Mistress, may one day in Heaven enjoy the fullness of thy kingdom in the vision of thy Divine Son, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth for ever and ever. Amen.
"Hail, full of grace, blessed art thou among women" [Luke 1: 28, 42]. We implore thee, O Mary, to extend to us thy daughters, the hand of thy maternal protection. We who draw near to thy Queenly throne as thy handmaidens are ready to do thy bidding and are resolved, with thy help, to realize in ourselves and in our sisters the ideals of truth and Christian perfection.
As we gaze upon thee, O spotless maiden and favorite of the Heavenly Father, our minds are lost in admiration! O Virgin, Spouse of the Holy Spirit! O tender Mother of Jesus! Obtain for us from thy Divine Son the grace so to imitate thy noble virtues that they may be reflected in every age and circumstance of our life.
May we be pure and upright in our thought and conduct; pleasant, loving and understanding companions to our husbands; careful, watchful and prudent mothers to our children; wise administrators of household affairs; exemplary citizens of our beloved country; faithful children of the Church, ever docile to her guidance in our thoughts and actions.
Help us, O dearly beloved Mother, to have a sincere regard for the duties of our state in life that our homes may become centers of spiritual life and active charity, schools in which consciences are rightly formed, and gardens wherein virtues may thrive. Come to our aid in our social and public life, also, that we may be examples of profound faith and ever-edifying Christian conduct, of incorrupt integrity and sound equilibrium based on the most solid religious principles.
Bless us in our intentions and in our works, that, as we undertake them through thy inspiration, so by thy help it may be granted to us to see their abundant fruits in time and eternity. Amen.May 22, 1957