The challenge is on. Write a post each day in April (minus Sundays) using the letters of the alphabet as your guide.
The theme I have chosen is "Why I Love Being Catholic".
H-Hail, Holy Queen prayer-
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, 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 valley of tears! Turn, then, O 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 clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
History: This prayer, most often recited as the concluding prayer of the rosary, has been a prayer of love to our mother Mary for centuries. When we pray this prayer we are asking for Mary's help. Like any mother (John 19: 26-27) she longs to protect us and rescue us.
Personal: The hymn called Hail, Holy Queen (different than the above prayer) was one of my favorites growing up. I always love the Marian hymns sung at mass in the months of May and October and on the Feast Days of the Blessed Mother!
More recently the prayer, which I've come to know through friends who have sparked my love of the rosary, holds a special place in my heart. I've learned that Mary is a confidant who I can turn to at any point in my life. As the prayer suggests, our life will include times of struggles. Mary is there for us, she's our "most gracious advocate."