Hail Holy Queen
Definition: Also known as “Salve Regina,” this is a beloved Catholic prayer that is traditionally recited at the conclusion of the Rosary. Here is the prayer: “Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To you we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to you we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, O most gracious advocate, your eyes of mercy toward us, and after our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we would be made worthy of the promises of Christ.” Catholicism teaches that Mary was assumed into heaven, where she now reigns as Queen of Heaven. She has the additional titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.
Discussion: Effectively, Mary is elevated to the roles and places of the Trinity. Like the Father, she answers prayer. Like the Son, she mediates grace. Like the Holy Spirit, she superintends our well being. Catholicism claims that they only worship God. But given the usurpation of roles by the Catholic Mary, it is hard to see that she is not in fact more worthy of worship than the Trinity. There is not one instance in the Bible where Christians pray to anyone other than God, through His Son Jesus (Jn. 14:13). Jesus is the only mediator (1 Tim. 2:5). It is the Holy Spirit that is our helper and surety, who applies salvation (Jn. 14:16, Rom. 8:26). The Bible warns that we should not pray to the queen of heaven (Jer. 7:18, 44:15).
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