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Ave, augustissima Regina pacis
Hail, Most Venerable Queen of Peace
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When the Memorare was first indulgenced by Pope Pius IX in 1846, this prayer was likewise indulgenced at the same time. As can be easily seen, this prayer has the Memorare embedded in it. Other than the obvious similarity between the words of the two prayers, is not clear exactly what historical relationship between the two might be. Some manuals of devotion (Libellus Precum, 1863) state that the Ave augustissima is a copy of an inscription upon a bronze plate inserted in the back of a statue of Our Lady which stands in the Liberian Basilica (Church of Santa Maria Maggiore) in Rome. Given the events of the 19th century, the prayer was most appropriate then. Given recent events, it is perhaps even more appropriate now.

AVE, augustissima Regina pacis, sanctissima Mater Dei, per sacratissimum Cor Iesu Filii tui Principis pacis, fac ut quiescat ira ipsius et regnet super nos in pace. Memorare, o piissima Virgo Maria, non esse auditum a saeculo quemquam tua petentem suffragia esse derelictum. Ego tali animatus confidentia, ad te venio. Noli, Mater Verbi, verba mea despicere, sed audi propitia et exaudi. O clemens, o pia o dulcis Virgo Maria. Amen. HAIL, most venerable Queen of Peace, most holy Mother of God, through the Sacred Heart of Jesus, thy Son, the Prince of Peace, procure for us the cessation of His anger, that so He may reign over us in peace. Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who sought thy intercession was left forsaken. Inspired with this confidence, I come unto thee. Despise not my petitions, O Mother of the Word, but graciously here and grant my prayer. O merciful, O kind, O sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

Latin from the Florilegium, 1933 p 160. English adapted from the Raccolta, translation by Ambrose St. John, Birmingham, 1857.



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