Singing Salve Regina

Mary's nativity and the Salve Regina

The Church actually celebrated Mary’s birthday yesterday in the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Instead of the traditional “happy birthday” song…how about a little Salve Regina!

While first being a beautiful prayer, its musical renditions are among the most beautiful songs in the world.  And because of that it is enjoyed and appreciated everywhere by Catholics and non-Catholics alike.

Here are two very different musical versions (below).  Which do you like the best?

I’ve always enjoyed the energy and joy in first version (the one they do in “Sister Act”). But more recently I’ve come to enjoy the more traditional Latin version a whole lot more. It is so beautiful, peaceful, prayerful and powerful.

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GFvonB September 9, 2009 at 9:56 am

Have you heard the Solemn form? The Latin version you have there is the Simple form.

Jeannette September 9, 2009 at 10:38 am

My parish is “Our Lady of Peace” in Santa Clara, CA and we have a shrine dedicated to the Blessed Mother. I grew up learning the Latin version and find myself humming/singing it to myself whenever I’m stressed out. It is exactly as you said: “beautiful, peaceful, prayerful and powerful”!

tina September 9, 2009 at 12:18 pm

I NEED to learn the Latin version. I bought a cool CD with MANY basic Latin songs in it, and it’s beautiful, but it did NOT have THIS song!!! Thanks for this post! love it! love our Lady!

Bill September 9, 2009 at 12:29 pm

Personally, I like “Mary the Dawn”:

Better singing here:

It’s in the LOTH for the Feast of the Assumption, and I believe it is also used in Advent, but it would be appropriate for the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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