Salve Regina

For works with similar titles, see Hail, Holy Queen.
English-language translations of
Salve Regina (Hail Queen)

The Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen, literally Hail Queen) is an anonymous mediaeval Marian antiphon. It is traditionally ascribed to the 11th-century German monk Hermann of Reichenau and sung at Compline in the time from the Saturday before Trinity Sunday until the Friday before the first Sunday of Advent. It is also the final prayer of the Rosary.

This antiphon was adapted as a hymn by Johann Georg Seidenbusch, who published Gegrüßet seist du, Königin in 1687. The Latin translation Salve Regina coelitum appeared anonymously in 1728, and the melody appeared in 1736. Melchior Ludwig Herold published a version of the Latin text and music in 1808, which became the standard version used today. An anonymous English translation, Hail, Holy Queen Enthroned Above, appeared in 1884.

English-language translations of Salve Regina include:

Direct translationsEdit

Gegrüßet seist du, KöniginEdit

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