Explanation of the “Hail Holy Queen”
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.
Our Confidence in Mary Should Be Great, Because She Is a Queen
The glorious Virgin was raised to the dignity of Mother of the King of Kings. Accordingly the Church honors her with the radiant title of Queen and asks us to do the same.
St. Athanasius says: “If the Son is a King, then the Mother who bore Him should be looked upon as a queen and sovereign.”
St. Bernardine of Siena adds: “No sooner had Mary consented to be Mother of the Eternal Word than she merited by this consent to have dominion over the whole world and over every creature.”
St. Arnold the Abbot declares further: “Since the flesh of Mary was no different
from that of Jesus, how can we deny to the Mother the same royal dignity we find in the Son? … So I would consider the glory of the Son not as something shared with His Mother, but as her glory too.”
If Jesus is the King of the universe, then Mary is its Queen. And as Queen, she possesses by right the whole Kingdom of her Son.
St. Bernardine of Siena argues this way: There are just as many creatures serving Mary as there are serving God. For since angels and human beings, all things in heaven and earth, are under God’s dominion, so they are at the same time under Mary’s dominion.
The Abbot Guerricus turns to the Mother of God and exclaims: “O Mary, dispose with confidence of your Son’s riches! Go on acting boldly as Queen, Mother, and Spouse of the King, for you have dominion and power over all creation!”