The Salve Regina is an 11th Century hymn dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Liturgically, this is one of the four hymns used for for Compline. The singing of the Salve Regina after Compline in honor of the Virgin Mary is one of the oldest traditions in the Dominican Order, dating back to the first generations of Dominican friars. In fact, the Church’s practice of singing the Salve (or some other Marian antiphon) after Compline grew out of this early Dominican practice. During Easter and until Pentecost, the Regina Caeli is the prescribed Marian hymn. But more importantly, today is the Solemnity of the Annunciation. Let us take a moment to thank our Lady and Queen:
O Holy and most Amiable Lady, Mother of our Divine Lord. Thank you for your total gift of self to become the living tabernacle, foreshadowed by the Ark of the Covenant, and realized in your Fiat. Gather us into your grace-filled arms and arrange our prayers into a bouquet of roses your Son cannot refuse. Teach us to love Jesus with reckless abandon that He might invite us to participate in the eternal exchange of Trinitarian love for all eternity.
Mother of the Word Incarnate, pray for us!
Let’s end our day with this beautiful hymn the Salve Regina. If you have not heard the Dominicans chant the Salve Regina at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, you are in for a treat. Below is a video of the Dominicans chant the more traditional Salve Regina: