FROM THE PASTOR’S DESK
You may have heard a beautiful Latin chant after the Communion hymn being sung at every Mass since Easter Sunday. It is called the Regina Caeli, or the Queen of Heaven. It is a short Marian antiphon telling us the joy of the Blessed Mother when she knew Jesus was raised from the dead. Her sorrow was changed into joy. Let Our Lady be a model for us now and always. May we unite our sorrows with her as well as our joys. Here is the antiphon in both Latin and English. When I hear it, my heart is filled with Easter joy. I pray it does the same for you.
This is one of four Marian antiphons, with following prayers, traditionally said or sung after night prayer. It is said throughout Eastertide, that is, from Easter Day through Pentecost, the seventh Sunday after Easter.
The Regina Caeli is also said in place of the Angelus during Eastertide.
Queen of Heaven
V. Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia.
R. For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia.
V. Has risen, as he said, alleluia.
R. Pray for us to God, alleluia.
V. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.
R. For the Lord has truly risen, alleluia.
Let us pray. O God, who gave joy to the world through the resurrection of Thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, grant we beseech Thee, that through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
V. Regina caeli, laetare, alleluia.
R. Quia quem meruisti portare, alleluia.
V. Resurrexit, sicut dixit, alleluia.
R. Ora pro nobis Deum, alleluia.
V. Gaude et laetare, Virgo Maria, alleluia.
R. Quia surrexit Dominus vere, alleluia.
Oremus. Deus, qui per resurrectionem Filii tui, Domini nostri Iesu Christi, mundum laetificare dignatus es: praesta, quaesumus; ut per eius Genetricem Virginem Mariam, perpetuae capiamus gaudia vitae. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.
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