Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Which Marian Antiphon after Compline?

Traditionally, the Marian antiphon that concludes Night Prayer (compline) is supposed to vary according to the liturgical season.

Right now--ordinary time--we say the Salve Regina aka Hail, Holy Queen. The Alma Redemptoris Mater is for  the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Ave, Regina Caelorum is for Lent. Regina Caeli for the Easter season.

Some longer explanation and the musical history of these great marian hymns can be found today in The National Catholic Register


  1. It's always baffled me that they didn't deign to include these simple and universally applicable rubrics -- even if as suggestions -- in the LOTH.

  2. Sub Tuum Praesidium Prayer (Beneath thy protection)

    We turn to you for protection,
    Holy Mother of God.
    Listen to our prayers
    and help us in our needs.
    Save us from every danger,
    glorious and blessed Virgin.

  3. Sub Tuum Praesidium in the Liturgy of the Hours may be used as the Marian antiphon after Compline outside of Eastertide.